It would be nice to have a central storage point for midi (and possibly audio although the pool is fine for audio) bits that might come in handy for a project that you want to come back to but aren’t part of your main tune. It would be ideal if it were not on the main timeline as that gets distracting. For instance, currently I might have and idea record it in Midi and then have to move it over to bar 100 (just later in the song) and then maybe get back to it. If there were a panel, not unlike the pool, for midi clips that might be useful in a project that would help out tremendously.
Interesting. I use a muted folder track where I store all ideas, already recorded midi etc. It does appear in the main arrange page, but it’s only one track high (I put it at the top, above group tracks and below any ruler tracks). Not particularly elegant but it works.
If I get a Project where I have useful looking pieces but not usable immediately I make the Project longer and park them out of the way at the end.
When needed, Select all (ctrl + A) then press P and press 2 and there they are.
Audio has the Pool. Maybe that should be extended so dragging audio and midi material there would enable parking.
Ha! Cheers for that link. There must be a few hundred of those little solutions hidden in Cubase.
Yeah it’s a good one that…
I’ve been using cubase for years and wasn’t aware of it. Not sure when it was introduced?
I keep finding these little gems via the forum. It’s well worth going through the posts as handy things like this pop up that I’d never have found as steinburg never mention 'em.
When I am working on a project and come up with something unrelated that I want to use later, I use the track archive to dump the idea into a folder with a descriptive name. There are several key reasons I do this:
It saves not only the MIDI – but the VST instrument, its settings, effects, etc.
The archive is in the form of an .xml file, so it’s really small
It can be a bundle of several tracks, stored in one file…you can bring an entire 4 track idea in at once
It can even bring in references to audio files!
You can merge ideas from separate projects without having to actually open the project.
The only downside is that there’s no “preview”, but it’s only bringing in a single track and not opening a project, so you can get at it pretty quickly.