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Song position pointer

A song position pointer is a MIDI event that describes where in a song a particular piece of equipment has reached. By sending this information from a multitrack recorder to a MIDI sequencer, or vice versa, the two can synchronise, allowing quicker recording of sequenced parts that start later in the song.

SPPs work in conjunction with the MIDI clock: SPPs say where in the song you are; the clock says when you start, stop, and continue, and whenever you advance along.

Technical notes

Event types

MIDI Event Data
Song position pointer F2 ll hh


MIDI: DAW | Editor/librarian | MIDI clock | MIDI sequencer | MIDI timing | ST MIDI sequencer timeline | Song position pointer | SysEx file