4.1.2. Scrolling and Zooming

Overtone Analyzer is designed to make it easy to change parameters, and to see the effects of those changes immediately. The most important parameters that are changed frequently are the displayed time range, and the displayed frequency range. The other frequently changed values that affect the display are the dynamic range of the Spectrogram and Spectrum, and the dynamic range of the Waveform and Timeline.

There are various ways to change those values, but one of the fastest is to use the mouse to drag things with the left button, or to zoom the scales with the mouse wheel.

Mouse wheel emulation

If you don't have a mouse wheel, you can point at the scale or window to be zoomed and use the the 1 and 2 keys on your keyboard. Wherever this manual mentions the mouse wheel, remember that you can also use those keys instead.

Interactive areas

The following table lists the mouse commands for scrolling and zooming, and where they can be used:

Command Effect Can be used on
Left click and drag Scroll any scale (Time Scale, Frequency Scale, Intensity Scale, Amplitude Scale)
Use mouse wheel Zoom any scale, Spectrogram
Press the 1 and 2 keys
Shift + mouse wheel Scroll time range Spectrogram
Ctrl + mouse wheel Zoom the Timeline View (instead of zooming the time range of the Spectrogram) Spectrogram, Timeline

Table 4.1. Commands for scrolling and zooming


The following image shows all areas that can be manipulated by left click or mouse wheel:

Scrollable and zoomable areas

Figure 4.2. Scrollable and zoomable areas


1) Time Range

Because the Spectrogram is the most frequently changed range, there are many different ways to manipulate it. Try out the various ways of scrolling and zooming the time range with the mouse shown in Figure 4.2. Moving the Time Range Slider (1c) or clicking on the Timeline (1d) is for navigating quickly to any part of the recording, while scrolling the time scale (1b) is much more precise for small adjustments.

The time range can also be manipulated by the forward and backward buttons and the zoom buttons on the toolbar, or by the Zoom... entries in the View menu. You can also use Markers to bookmark specific parts of a recording and return to them quickly.

2) Frequency Range

You can change the frequency range by scrolling and zooming the frequency scale (2). You can also set precise values on the Scale options dialog, or on the Scale Range toolbar (this toolbar is not shown by default and needs to be enabled).

3) Dynamic Range

The displayed dynamic range determines the range of intensities shown on spectrogram and spectrum. It can also be set on the Colormap editor. It can be changed by scrolling and zooming the spectrum intensity scale, or by dragging the brightness and contrast sliders on the toolbar (3).

4) Waveform / Timeline Amplitude Range

This setting determines the dynamic range shown on the Waveform and Timeline. You need to enable the Waveform in the View menu to see the amplitude scale.

5) Timeline zoom

The Timeline itself can also be zoomed by holding Ctrl while using the mouse wheel (or the mouse wheel emulation keys) on the Spectrogram or the Timeline. You can also enable the Timeline Zoom Slider in the View menu and use that to change the Timeline zoom.

To reset the zoom level of the Timeline, click on ViewZoom out fully.