Years ago I had this feature request in the old forum, and with a nice line of “+1” responses, but the visitor pool was much larger then. Anyway:
Now when you select a line of Automation Points or MIDI CC# points you get a little frame around them.
There are all sorts of handles you can push and pull up and down to adjust one or many values in one go in a intuitive and nice human friendly way and this is in almost all directions. Très cool!!!
What if …
you also had the possibility to adjust the timing as well?
I just happened to poke around in Paint … yes, THAT Paint. M$ Paint. Bare with me anyway.
There is a Tool in Paint that sort of feels like the Push-Pull tool I’m trying to describe here.
It’s the Curve Tool, first row in the toolbox, second tool, in the middle of the top menu.
If you can’t find it I’m gonna spank you!
- Draw a line with the mouse (point-click-drag-release).
- Click and hold down somewhere else in the “painting”.
- Pull the mouse around. Now the first line starts to bend out of shape but in a controllable manner.
- Click and pull the mouse around once more. Now the line starts to bend in another direction.
- Now you have a more "interesting "line …
Back to Cubase!
To make subtle accelerando/ritardando adjustments or spectacular bouncing ball sound effects or aiming at a frame in a movie clip while scoring to ease things into place would be smooth, easy, fast and intuitive with such a tool. Of course you have to rethink it since notes are not a line. But say you make a selection, and put your mouse down 50% of the way between the first and the last note and then drag to the right. This would increase the distance between the notes to the left and decrease the distance between the notes on the right. Starting 25% or 75% with the pushing or pulling would have other effects.
Wouldn’t that be a smooth tool?