I want to move and/or copy inactive events to a different position on the same track, without them become the active take. How can I do this? I know that shift+select (or lasso) will select them without immediately becoming active, but when the event is actually moved/copied, it becomes active, replacing the comp at the destination position on the track.
Here are 2 examples from my workflow:
I have recorded several lanes of vocal adlibs. After “comping” these to find the adlibs that work best in one section, I then decide that some of the unused adlibs would be better if used in a later section. So I drag them to the other section - but when I release the mouse button the new parts become the active take. Any comp at that new location is now lost. What I really wanted to do was to gather some new lanes of “potential candidate” adlibs for the second section, and store them up in that new location, and then comp them at a later time. With the present system, every time I move some new candidate material to the new location, it becomes active.
I like to keep my lanes visually tidy… After many sessions of working on a song, they can get a bit messy.
I’d like to be able to re-organise my events within the lanes whilst preserving the comp that I have. For example I have here a track that has some FX samples on it, some bits of chopped up vocals, some bounces from a delay plugin, some wooshes and rises, all fed thru a filter plugin. After a lot of experimentation with different combinations of these events, it’s looking like a right old mess. Lanes 1+2 are now empty (because the audio originally there has been moved to a different track or deleted). So I want to organise the lanes on this track, which means putting what is left in a sensible order, which in turn means moving events within the lanes. Unfortunately, if these are inactive, they become active when I move them. I want the inactive bits to stay inactive - I may not want them active right now, but they will probably come in useful later and so I want to keep my options open (for now).
I think that copying and moving events should not be coupled to muting/unmuting them. IMHO they are two discrete operations and would be better if kept separate… (or at least provide us with an override… maybe the shift+click feature could be extended so that when shift is held during the dragging, then the events won’t unmute when you drop them at the new location (?))
Thanks for listening