18 year veteran of WL here, going back to version 3. The Live Input (now Audio Input) feature of WL which allows recording with plugins has always been implemented in a very strange and unintuitive fashion. Audio Montage must be open, then plugs into MS, then hit Play on the transport and then change record input to “playback”. Every engineer I have introduced to this maneuver always gives me that look of “is this really how this works?”. Not only is this signal path overly complicated but it removes normal montage transport control and monitoring so comparisons of input to montage contents are convoluted.
I propose integrating an FX slot chain into the record window itself. This is much more natural and understandable. The input path + FX and output paths+FX are now completely independent for easy comparisons. Also recording would be possible without needing a montage. Attached is a mock up of what the window might look like.