Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts in energyXT2 are configurable. To view or change them, go to Setup by pressing F6 or by using the main menu (File > Setup).

See also: Keyboard Control

Editing Shortcuts

Editing a shortcut will add/change a line in energyXT.ini to save the new configuration.

For most keys, you can simply type the key in the Shortcut box. If you have to press Shift to type a character, the shortcut won't work unless you also check the box for the Shift modifier.

See below for a list of the configurable shortcuts and their defaults.

Note: there is no protection against setting the same shortcut for multiple actions.

Special Keys

The following special keys have to be entered by name:
Key (type this) Code in energyXT.ini
END -6
DEL -7
F1 -15
F2 -16
F3 -17
F4 -18
F5 -19
F6 -20
F7 -21
F8 -22
F9 -23
F10 -24
F11 -25
F12 -26

energyXT2 default shortcuts


Action Default Shortcut Description
Zoom in + [Sequencer] Zoom in centered on the play cursor if Autoscroll is on, or centered in the middle of the sequencer view if Autoscroll is off.
Zoom out - [Sequencer] Zoom out centered on the play cursor if Autoscroll is on, or centered in the middle of the sequencer view if Autoscroll is off.
Loop on/off L [Sequencer] When on, the sequencer will loop playback within the defined loop area.
Left locator 1 [Sequencer] Move playhead to left loop locator
Right locator 2 [Sequencer] Move playhead to right loop locator
Play selection Shift Enter [Sequencer] Sets loop area to selected parts and starts playback.
Loop selection Ctrl P [Sequencer] Sets loop area to selected parts.
Quantize Ctrl Q [Sequencer] Moves selected events (or all events in selected parts) to nearest grid line. Doesn't work on envelope points.
Next Beat 6 [Sequencer] Move playhead ahead by one quarter note
Prior Beat 4 [Sequencer] Move playhead back by one quarter note
Mixer F9 Open Mixer (or hide it, if it's already open and not docked)
Browser F3 Show/hide Browser
Setup F6 Open Setup window
Find Ctrl F Move keyboard focus to the Browser search box
Edit Ctrl E [Modular] Opens selected component for editing.
[Sequencer] Opens popup editor for selected part.
Edit in-place E [Sequencer] Expand/collapse selected track(s) for inline editing
Rename Ctrl R Rename selected component/track/part
Export Project (wav, aif, mp3) F5 Opens Export Project dialog (only works when a sequencer is in the project)
Prior Page F1 Prior docked page
Next Page F2 Next docked page
Prior Program 8 Previous program in the focused window
Next Program 9 Next program in the focused window
Metronome C Metronome on/off


Action Default Shortcut Description
New… Ctrl N New project dialog / Welcome screen
Open… Ctrl O (open)
Save Ctrl S (save)
Save as… Ctrl Shift S (save as)
Open Last Ctrl L Re-open last opened project


Action Default Shortcut Description
Undo Ctrl Z Undo the last action (look at the Undo button in the main toolbar to see what this action was).
Redo Ctrl Y Re-does the last undone action (look at the Redo button in the main toolbar to see what this action was).
Repeat Ctrl D Modular: Duplicates the selected component; Sequencer: Makes a ghost copy of the selected part.
Delete Del (Backspace) Deletes selected component/track/part/event, or silences selected range of audio. Backspace does the same thing but cannot be configured.
Select All Ctrl A Selects all components/parts/events
Cut Ctrl X Removes selected part/event/audio and copies it to the clipboard
Copy Ctrl C Copies selected part/event/audio to the clipboard
Paste Ctrl V Pastes last copied part/event/audio at the location of the mouse pointer


Action Default Shortcut Description
Play Enter (Space) Play, or Stop if already playing. Space Bar does the same thing but cannot be configured.
Record R Starts or stops recording. If XT2 is stopped, playback is also started. Recording can be turned on and off while playing for punch in/out functionality.
Stop 0 Stops playback. If already stopped, this will send a MIDI “All Notes Off” message to all connected instruments.
Rewind to start 3 (Home) Returns the playhead to time 0. Home key also does this but cannot be configured.
Rewind to last play 5 Returns the playhead to the position where playback was started.


Action Default Shortcut Description
Note preview P Toggles note preview on/off (play midi/drum sounds when inserting or moving notes)
Mute M Toggles track mute on/off for selected track(s)
Solo S Toggles track solo on/off for selected track(s)
Mute Part Ctrl M (mute part on/off)
Show track comp Ctrl Space Opens the GUI windows of the selected track's destination instruments
Split at cursor Ctrl K Splits selected part(s), or all parts when none are selected, at the position of the play cursor
Insert bars Shift I Inserts empty space into the sequencer based on the loop area. Parts are split at the left loop locator and the shifted to the right loop locator.
Remove bars Shift R Removes everything within the loop area and shifts the remaining parts to the left.
Channel strip F7 Show/hide mixer channel strip
Add track Ctrl Insert Adds a track of the currently selected type, or an instrument track if no tracks are selected.
Zoom selection Ctrl + Zooms so that selected parts (or all parts if none are selected) fill the sequencer view
Snap X Toggles snapping to grid
Snap prior Ctrl Shift X Selects prior snap value
Snap next Shift X Selects next snap value
Autoscroll J Turns autoscroll on/off. When on, the sequencer will scroll to follow the play cursor, and zoom in/out will be centered on the play cursor.
Scroll octave up PageUp Scrolls one octave up in the popup piano roll or the inline piano roll for selected track(s)
Scroll octave down PageDown Scrolls one octave up in the popup piano roll or the inline piano roll for selected track(s)
Freeze Ctrl F Freeze/unfreeze selected track(s)
Glue Ctrl G Glues selected parts together into one part (or one part per track if parts are selected across multiple tracks)
Un-ghost Ctrl U Turns a ghost part into an independent part
Object-bar O Show/hide the Object Bar
Markers T Show/hide marker lane
Add marker Ctrl T Add marker at currently selected part(s), or loop region if no parts selected
Delete marker Ctrl Shift T Delete selected marker
Prior marker < Jump to prior marker
Next marker Z Jump to next marker
Bounce to audio track Ctrl B Renders the project (optionally within the loop area only) and puts the result as an audio part on a new track.
Crossfade Shift X Crossfade selected audio parts
Step record F4 Toggles step recording on/off
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