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6.3.4. Transport and Playhead

The transport is responsible for managing the current time in a session, and with it the playhead. The playhead marks the point on the timeline from where audio would be played, or to where audio would be recorded. The transport controls the playhead, and whether it is set for recording or only playback. The transport can move the playhead forward or backward, in slow motion, fast motion, or real time. In most computer-based DAWs, the playhead can also be moved with the cursor. The playhead is represented on the DAW interface as a vertical line through all tracks. The transport's buttons and displays are usually located in a toolbar at the top of the DAW window, but some people prefer to have the transport controls detached from the main interface, and this is how they appear by default in Rosegarden.