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Important Notice: XO Wave is now discontinued as we prepare to bring you the next generation Digital Audio Workstation called Xonami. This site remains available for anyone who purchased XO Wave in the past. However, please keep in mind that as discontinued software:

  • This site may not contain up-to-date information.
  • Technical support is discontinued, though we will do our best to continue to provide email support, especially to anyone who purchased recently.

XO Wave: Edit Menu

XO Wave's Edit menu is very dynamic, with significantly different options depending on what window is frontmost. With the Mix or Transport window frontmost, the Edit menu only offers Undo and Redo commands. Note that the the Undo and Redo commands may change their names based on what action would be undone or redone, e.g., "Undo Insert Effect". Edit menu (short) The Edit menu with the Mix or Transport window frontmost.

Edit menu (with Edit window frontmost) The Edit menu with the Edit window frontmost.

With the Edit window frontmost, XO Wave's Edit menu offers a variety of options. With any window other than Edit, Mix, or Transport in front (or with no windows open at all), the Edit menu is not present.

Next Tool

This menu command is mostly invoked using its keyboard shortcut (` or "backtick"), which cycles between XO Wave's Tools (and cursors), from Smart to Trim to Grab to Selection, and then restarts the again from Smart.

Edit Mode

The Edit Mode submenu turns XO Wave's Ripple and Query editing modes on, on for a single edit, or off. For more on Ripple and Query editing modes, see our reference page on Edit Modes.

Edit Mode

Next Effect

This command cycles through the automation for all the effects in the currently selected track (and no effect, as well). The current track is whichever the mouse has most recently pointed at. With each use of this command, the Help Area's title identifies the current effect.

Next Parameter

This command selects the next of the current effect's parameters. The selected parameter is colored yellow for identification in the track display area.

Cut Selection | Copy Selection | Paste Selection | Duplicate Selection

These commands manipulate the selected audio samples from a single track (creating regions if necessary). Any automation which has been applied to the selection is also Cut, Copied, Pasted, or Duplicated. If Query mode is active, XO Wave presents a dialog displaying the exact start and end of the operation, and Ripple options. Cut
Query window for Cut Selection

Separate Selection

When used, this command breaks the selection, the audio samples preceding it, and the audio following the selection (if any) into separate regions for later manipulation. Note that regions have rounded corners in the audio sample display, to help find their boundaries. The Region bin also lists all regions for reference.

Trim Down

Like Trim tools in other programs, this command trims the edges of the selected regions so that they fit entirely within the selection.

Rejoin Regions

This command restores a single region from two regions which have been divided out of a single region; it does not combine unrelated regions. If there is a period of silence between them where the audio sample has been removed entirely, rejoin regions will restore the removed audio (which was and is in the original region), although this requires that the sub-regions have the exact same spacing relative to each other that they had in the original region.

Note that Rejoin is not exactly the inverse of Separate Selection, which creates either two or three regions. If (parts of) two regions are selected, Rejoin Regions combines them into one; if the selection is exactly one region, this command combines it with the next region.

Reset Playback

This command (or its Return key shortcut) halts playback and resets the current playback location (called the "playhead" in some applications) back to the current start marker. If the playhead is already at the start marker, the playhead is moved to the beginning of the session. This command is especially useful if the Space bar is set to Pause rather than Stop playback (see Transport Window for more detail on Space bar behavior).

Set Start to Current | Set End to Current

These commands set the beginning or end of the current selection to the current playback location. Note that if this would entail the start of the selection being after the end of the selection, both the beginning and end of the selection will be set to the current playback location.

Extend Selection to Session Start | Extend Selection to Session End

Logically enough, these commands select from the beginning of the track to the selection point, or from the selection point to the end.

XO Wave does not include a Select All command, but if you wish to select an entire track, you can use both Extend Selection to Session Start and Extend Selection to Session End.

Select Next Region | Select Previous Region

If the current selection is a full region, these commands move to the next region to the right or left, respectively. If the selection is less than a full region, either command selects the entire region containing the selection. If the selection covers parts of two or more regions, the rightmost or leftmost region which is (partially) selected becomes selected.

Select Next Region All Tracks | Select Previous Region All Tracks

These commands are similar to Select Next Region & Select Previous Region, but the next or previous region (determined by start time) is selected among all tracks in the session.

Nudge Selection Forward Less | Nudge Selection Back Less

If you have selected a unit for Quantized Editing that is greater than the base/minimum, these commands shift the selected region forward or backward within the track by a smaller quantum. Otherwise they are equivalent to Nudge Selection Forward and Nudge Selection Back.

Nudge Selection Forward | Nudge Selection Back

These commands move the selection forward or back by one quantum (quantization is configurable in the Edit window's Time Area). These commands require that the selection contains complete regions. For example, if you have a single (entire) region selected, a group of regions selected, or a region and empty space around it selected, the Nudge commands will work. Otherwise, they will do nothing. If the beginning of the selection is not on a quantum, the selection will first be aligned to the next or previous quantum, meaning that the first nudge may be smaller than successive nudges.

Nudge Selection Forward More | Nudge Selection Back More

These shift the selected region by a quantum that is larger than the selected quantum. If the selected quantum is the largest quantum, these commands are equivalent to Nudge Selection Forward and Nudge Selection Back.

Lock Regions | Unlock Regions

These commands lock or unlock all the (even partially) selected regions. Locked regions display a lock icon at the upper-left corner (in both the track and overview areas), and cannot be moved until unlocked. This is particularly useful once you've got part of your session finished, and want to work on the rest without accidentally affecting the completed regions. Note that automation can still be manipulated without unlocking first.

Create/Edit Fade

Creates one or more new fades, or modifies existing fades, depending on the selection. A fade (which may be a fade-in, fade-out, or cross-fade) smoothes the transition between regions, or between a region and silence. For example, you can use a fade to have a song slowly fade-out (you can also use volume automation). If you want to gradually transition from one region to another, you can use a cross-fade. In some software, it is necessary to create large numbers of fades at starts and ends of regions to eliminate pops that result from transitions. In XO Wave, this is not usually necessary because of the Edit Softening feature.

  • If your selection contains one or more fades when you select this menu item, XO Wave will allow you to edit them:
    • If your selection contains a single fade, it will be shown in the Effect Editing Area of the Edit window, for further customization.
    • If your selection contains multiple fades, XO Wave presents a dialog allowing you to edit their fade-in and/or fade-out curves.
  • If your selection does not contain a fade when you select this menu item, XO Wave will attempt to build one or more new fades, using your selection as a guide:
    • If your selection contains parts of two neighboring regions, XO Wave will create a cross-fade between them.
    • If your selection contains just the beginning of a region, XO Wave will create a fade-in.
    • If your selection contains just the end of a region, XO Wave will create a fade-out.
    • If your selection contains multiple regions, XO Wave will show a dialog allowing you to build multiple fades.
    • If your selection contains exactly one region, XO Wave will show you a dialog allowing you to build a fade-in and fade-out for that region.
    • If none of the above conditions is met, XO Wave will be unable to automatically create a fade and will, instead, simply show a dialog explaining how to create one.

For more information, see the Fade window documentation.

Create Fade

Create Fade allows you to create one or more fades without opening that fade in the Edit window's Fade Editing Area. This is convenient if you want to create fades but retain an existing effect, region preview, or fade in the editing area.


Most actions in XO Wave are Undo-able. Actions which aren't are generally marked in pink, and a confirmation before execution. For more information about Undo, see our FAQ and the Undo Manager window.

See also Save Version.


If you Undo, and want to un-Undo, then Redo!

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