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Keyboard Shortcuts

[mod] is your operating system’s primary modifier key, on Mac OS X this is [cmd], on Windows [ctrl].

Global Keys

  • [esc]: Add operator / show Op select-dialog
  • [esc]: Close Op Select / close dialogs
  • [mod] + [esc]: Quick open project dialog
  • [mod] + n: New patch
  • [mod] + s: Save patch / save current editor file
  • [mod] + [shift] + s: Save as new patch
  • [mod] + [esc] / [mod] + o: Open list of your patches
  • [space]: Play / pause timeline


  • [space] + mouse drag: Move visible area
  • [mod] + c: Copy selected op
  • [mod] + v: Paste selected op
  • [del]: Delete selected ops
  • a: Align selected ops vertically
  • [shift] + a: Align selected ops horizontally
  • g: Show animation-graphs of selected ops in the timeline
  • d: Disable op
  • [mod] + a: Select all ops
  • [mod] + z: Undo


cables uses the editor Ace which has a good support for various keyboard shortcut, check their docs for a full reference.

  • [mod + f]: Find
  • [ctrl] + h (Windows / Linux) / ⌘ + ⌥ + f: Replace


  • h: Scale timeline to show all keys
  • j/k: Jump to previous / next key
  • left / right move scrubber 1 frame left / right
  • [mod] + a: Select all keys
  • [mod] + z: Undo

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