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Timing tab

See also: How to time songs

Screenshot of the timing tab in the editor

The timing tab of the beatmap editor lets mappers change the timing settings of a beatmap. Timing is usually the first step in creating a new beatmap.

Timing consists of a song's offset, beats per minute (BPM), and meter. Correct timing on beatmaps is necessary for players to maintain accuracy while playing. Incorrectly timed beatmaps cannot pass through the beatmap ranking procedure.

Timing and Control Points window

Screenshot of the Timing and Control Points window

Timing points can be added from the Timing and Control Points window in the editor (default shortcut F6). Timing points divide a song into timing sections to accurately reflect changes to a song's timing.

Uninherited timing point

An uninherited timing point, displayed as a red line, is the base for a timing section's BPM, offset, and meter. Every beatmap must have at least one red line, however some songs require multiple due to more complex composition or timing inaccuracies caused by live performance.

Inherited timing point

An inherited timing point, displayed as a green line, inherits BPM, offset, and meter settings from the previous red line. Green lines are used to adjust slider velocity and hitsound settings.

An inherited timing point cannot be placed before an uninherited one, because it would not inherit any settings.