Workspace Panel

A Workspace refers to the overall environment. In other words it is the main window where you organize your work.

In your Workspace you decide which panels are visible, which sounds to add, effects to use, and automation to tie it all together.

A workspace contains racks and racks contain patches.

When you save the Workspace, all racks are stored along with the underlying patches and settings. It also contains Mixer input and output informations (volumes, etc.), synchronization informations (tempo, bar length, etc.) and automations (in the grid or movements recordings).


  1. main-menu: displays several essential commands like show the browser, and activate features like the MIDI/key/OSC learn mode, the automation recording, etc.
  2. master-panel: this panel contains the main ON/OFF switch (audio and calculation engine), the main volume fader/meters, and several useful indicators.
  3. master-synchro-panel: this panel is where you can set the tempo and metrics in Usine and displays SMPTE timecode.
  4. Gives an access to panels such as the mixer, [direct-to-disk](/panels/direct-to-disk-panel], and devices.
  5. contextual-menu-panel: this menu will be different depending of the selected object and will display several commands like open, save, delete, etc.
  6. Colors Palette: a quick way to change the color of objects.
  7. control-panel: interface of the processing patch. For example a patch can produce or process sound, send DMX commands, and everything you can imagine.
  8. Another control-panel.
  9. Automation Curve: example of an automation curve you can create and edit for all recordable elements.
  10. rack-input: input zone of the rack, for example a microphone, or a MIDI device.
  11. rack: racks are where you create your Audio, MIDI, DMX, and Video chains. You add inputs (external or internal), add sounds, FX’s, and automation curves and finally your Audio/MIDI outputs.
  12. rack-output: output zone of the rack, generally your sound card output, or a MIDI device.


clear workspace

Removes all racks of the Workspace.

open workspace

Opens a previously saved Workspace.

save workspace

Saves the Workspace.

save workspace as

Saves the Workspace with a new name.

reload workspace

Reloads the Workspace as from the original file.


Export the selected object (patch, rack or workspace). It saves it normally, but also creates folders where all used audio samples, video and images are exported.

This can be used to share with other users and be sure that no media is missing.

new rack

Creates a new multipurpose rack.

paste rack

Pastes a previously copied rack.

full screen

Toggles Usine in full screen mode.

quit Usine

Quit Usine.


show Presets panel

Displays the preset-panel of this workspace.

at startup

Various option applied when the workspace is loaded.

auto play

Turns the main process engine ON automatically.

auto play Grid

Starts the grid-panel automatically.

show grid

Opens the grid-panel automatically.

Only if the grid is not empty.

show interface builder

Opens the interface builder automatically.



Thumbnail of the workspace displayed in the start-page-panel.

If no thumbnail is specified, Usine will create automatically a thumbnail made of a screen-shot of the first control-panel.

time control

Provide a simple way to schedule Usine behavior, for example to run automatically during a defined time period. Can be helpful in fixed installations.

time control enabled

Enable or disables the time control.

time start

Beginning of the running time in format HH:MM:SS

time end

End of the running time in format HH:MM:SS

Usine will run only between time start and time end


To reboot automatically the computer every day.

Windows only.

reboot enabled

Enable or disable the automatic reboot of the computer.

reboot time

Time when the computer will reboot automatically.

See also

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