I’m sure I’m not alone in creating a lot of tracks when developing a song, some of which become redundant over time, but I don’t want to delete them altogether. So I tend to put them all in a folder called ‘Unused’ at the bottom of the main workspace.
The problem with this is:
a) they still appear in the mixer, unless I explicitly mark them as hidden from the mixer view
b) I sometimes forget they are there and they produce ‘phantom’ parts that I take a little while to track down (being a bear of little brain)
c) if I forget to switch off all the plugin effects, they’re still using up processing power (or in the case of PowerCore, the effects have to be removed from the channel to stop them using PoCo juice)
So what would be great would be to nominate a folder (just one per project) as an ‘unused tracks’ folder. This folder would behave like any other folder, except that for all tracks put into it (audio or MIDI), it would:
a) automatically hide the tracks from appearing in the mixer, and
b) would disconnect all outputs (both output busses and sends) – maybe switching the track into the ‘disabled’ state, which would also switch off all insert fx to save processing power
The tracks would become active in all ways again if removed from the folder later on.