When an Instrument Track is Muted, the Mute is actually an Audio Mute. This means muting the track is absolute and cuts the sound immediately. It does not behave like muting a MIDI Track where there is a possibility of having the last note(s) overhang after the mute and may be a desirable effect.
Obviously, a plug-in assigned to the VST Instrument rack solves the problem by providing both methods: Audio and MIDI muting. But sometimes this isn’t convenient…simply because you’ve committed to an Instrument track. Yes, you can swap over…but it’s time consuming.
A quick but less that perfect workaround is possible: use the Mute tool to mute the selected Parts. I say less than perfect because this method is not automatable and a little unpredictable, timing-wise.
In the process of looking at this, this came to mind: perhaps a simple modifier key when Mute is clicked. Example: OPT/Click Mute=MIDI Mute. Could be pretty handy.
Something else occurred to me while using the Mute Tool. This tool could use a Modifier key like the Glue Tool. Example: OPT/Mute(tool) to Mute All Following Events. Could be handy as well…particularly when you are trying to mute a single line of parts in a vertically reduced view where drag/selection can be difficult.
Any merit to this?