Tracks are the main building blocks of projects. Tracks appear in the tracklist and contain various events such as regions.


Track in tracklist#

Most types of tracks have a corresponding channel that appears in the Mixer. See Channels for more info.


Channel in mixer#

There are various kinds of tracks suited for different purposes, explained in the following sections. Some tracks are special, like the Chord Track and the Marker Track, which contain chords and markers respectively.


In Zrythm, group tracks are used for grouping signals (direct routing), FX/bus tracks are used for effects/sends, and folder tracks (coming soon) are used for putting tracks under the same folder and performing common operations.

Moreover, Zrythm uses Instrument tracks for instrument plugins, such as synthesizers, and MIDI tracks for MIDI plugins, such as a MIDI arpegiator.

This is different from what many other DAWs do, so please keep this in mind.

Track Interface#


Each track has a color, an icon (corresponding to its type) a name and various buttons. Tracks that can have lanes, like instrument tracks, will also have an option to display each lane as above. Tracks that can have automation will have an option to display automation tracks as above.

If the track produces output, it will have a meter on its right-hand side showing the current level.

Track Icon#

The icon can be changed by clicking on the icon in the tracklist.


Add pic and explain how to add custom icons.

Context Menu#

Each tracks has a context menu with additional options depending on its type.


The section Track Operations explains the various track operations available.