3.3 Main Menu Bar

3.3.1 File Menu

The file menu allows you to load, save, and export projects and import MIDI files and Hydrogen files.

File menu
  • New creates a new project

    • New from template creates a new project from a selected template

  • Open gives you a dialog to choose an existing project file to open

  • Recently opened projects opens up a sub-menu listing all the recently opened project files.

In LMMS, you can save projects to two formats:

  • <myname.mmp> - creates an XML file that can be read in any text editor.

  • <myname.mmpz> - creates a coded and compressed file (these cannot be read in any text editor).

  • Save saves the current project. (For a new project, this functions as "Save As").

  • Save As gives you a dialog to choose a location to name and save your project in. (You can also save your project as a template by clicking on the file-type drop-down menu within the dialog.)

  • Save as new version saves the current project to a new file by adding numbers to the end of the original project name, starting with 01.

  • Save as default template replaces the default template that LMMS opens upon initialization.

  • Import allows you to import MIDI and Hydrogen files as new instrument and B+B patterns.

  • Export allows you to record your project to a file. (Currently, only .wav, .ogg, and .mp3 are supported for Audio exports.)

    • Export Tracks allows you to export stems of your project file to a selected folder.

  • Export MIDI allows you to export your project's midi data as a .mid file.

  • Quit exits LMMS. You will be asked if you want to save your project if changes were made since

3.3.2 Edit Menu

Edit Menu

Undo/Redo do exactly as their names imply, they can also be accessed via the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Z and Shift+Ctrl+Z, respectively.

The Undo/Redo feature only works correctly for some forms of editing. In particular, in the Piano Roll Editor the bulk move, copy and paste facilities using the selection tool and/or clipboard do not get undone or redone correctly. The developers are aware of this problem.

The third option is Settings, which opens the Settings dialog.

3.3.3 View Menu

View Menu

Song Editor, Beat+Baseline Editor, Piano Roll, Automation Editor, FX Mixer, Project Notes, and Controller Rack all focus/open their respective windows.

Volume as dBFS toggles between the default LMMS percentage system and the industry standard dBFS system. Smooth scroll toggles between instantly snapping to the playerhead position when playing the project, and a smooth transition. Enable note labels in piano roll toggles labeling notes with their note name in the piano roll.

As of 1.3, the window toggles are:

  • Song-Editor (Ctrl+1)

  • Beat & Bassline Editor (Ctrl+2)

  • Piano-Roll (Ctrl+3)

  • Automation-Editor (Ctrl+4)

  • Mixer (Ctrl+5)

  • Project-Notes (Ctrl+7)

  • Controller-Rack (Ctrl+6)

3.3.4 Tools Menu

Tools Menu

The only option currently in this menu is the LADSPA Plugin Browser. It can be used to view information about available LADSPA Plugins.

3.3.5 Help Menu

Help Menu

There are three items:

  • Online Help opens the manual (you are here).

  • What's This? changes your cursor into a help cursor that you can use to click on any part of a LMMS window to see its function/purpose.

  • About gives you a dialog that lists: LMMS program version, its home page, its key developers, translation information if you are using LMMS in a language other than English, and the GNU GPL license that the software is released under.