It is still -really- hard to move sections of music around in an ad hoc fashion.
The Arranger is terrible UNLESS you are doing dance music or some other genre with easily defined groups of 8 bars or whatever.
But if you compose scores (as do I) you play freely and then want to grab bits from one area and then paste them over into another area, with everything to the right moving over to make room. And you want to be able to do this SUPER easy.
WHY? Because unlike EDM or other pop styles, when yer composing, YOU DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THE BITS WILL BE AHEAD OF TIME! So it’s impossible to easily predict where the ‘paragraphs’ or ‘sentences’ will be. You need to be able to just rip them out and cut/copy paste them as needed as PART OF THE COMPOSITIONAL PROCESS. Think of a sonata, where a theme is developed. The germ is repeated over and over, modulating, expanding, contracting. You want to be able to INTELLIGENTLY copy/mutate that idea all over the place, but Cubase is only -really- easy if yer doing rote copy/paste (as in dance music) with fixed length structures.
Now the whole ‘range’ thing is -way- too fiddly. It takes too many steps, and too much can go wrong.
Plus, the range is STUPID… it doesn’t ‘sense’ (as it should) the controller and automation info from immediately before (or after) the range one is cutting or pasting. It should INTELLIGENTLY figure out all the controller info from the area yer cutting/copying/pasting so that details like bowing or other articulations are properly copied/pasted. And PICK UP NOTES (ruffs, flams, etc.) should ALSO be carried over with the copying/pasting even though they may be technically outside the boundary.
IN SHORT, you should be able to do like the Insert Bars window…
- Hit a key
- Enter a start bar and end bar from the source
- Enter a destination bar.
- Hit OK.
- OPTIONAL: Select individual tracks. (But the default should be all tracks.)
…then magically, EVERYTHING gets copied/pasted along with pickup notes and automation/controller stuff. And it should be somehow intelligently ‘melded’ with the destination so that automation and controller stuff works as a human would expect.
THIS IS MY BIGGEST SINGLE REQUEST YEAR AFTER YEAR.
(Well, after Lock Locators. )
Been waiting 16 years.