The new “comping” system of MIDI and audio lanes is very powerful.
However, it is not suitable for all types of recording, editing and composition
So I propose that the “old” / “new” behaviour be a user-selectable option on each track’s control panel.
That way, we can have C6-style linked cutting / sizing / muting on the tracks where that is appropriate,
and where it is not appropriate, we can switch back to the old C5-style of independent editing / sizing / muting events.
I feel it is important that we are given the choice of behaviours ourselves.
I do believe that something needs to be done. Dunno what the ideal solution would be though. Could be something like, a new “Comping Mode button” in order to invoke this new Cubase 6 behavior, or a more global option in Preferences, or, some variant on the idea of having this available per track (although I fear that might get rather confusing, in practice, if there are many tracks in the Project, each with several lanes, and a different “mode” for each track).
The need for independent part/event behavior isn’t a common use for lanes in my particular workflow, so the current way of working would rarely affect me. However, after experimenting a bit, I found a possible workaround (for the time being) while the debate continues whether to incorporate a choice into a new update/release,
For audio or MIDI: locking the parts/events on the lanes you don’t want to cut, allows them to be unaffected by the snip tool and/or the select tool modifier.
For audio only: “events to part” then working inside the part editor with the snip tool (not the select tool modifier) only clips the intended event.
I know this may slow the process considerably, but at least we can keep working in the meantime?
The workaround that I’m using is : Create a key command for “split at cursor”.
Select the audio event that you want to cut & position the SongPositionPointer where you want the cut.
Use the key command.
Only the selected event(s) will get cut -> other lanes are unaffected.
Only marginally slower than using the scissors, and, if you normally zoom in before cutting, by dragging down from the ruler, then the SPP will already be in the right place…
I must point out to everyone that this affects MIDI and AUDIO tracks.
In C6 Steinberg have effectively stopped us using MIDI lanes as a creative, compositional tool.
(or at least made it very very hard)
Steinberg says that from now on, we must treat our MIDI parts just like audio.
Don’t they know, they are not the same???
For a start, multiple MIDI parts on the same track WILL play back simultaneously, but audio will not (of course)
But C6 insists on muting other MIDI parts when I click one of them, as if I were comping an audio take!!
It doesn’t make sense.
It is a complete pain in the asp for MIDI composition !!
I suspect that those who voted “NO” to the poll, are people who do not use much MIDI!!!
Polls often reflect the question. Those that voted no could have meant two things: ‘No, I do not want them to include that preference … I am against people having it;’ or, ‘No, I do not care one way or another because I’m OK with it the way it is now.’
Were the question this: “Do you think Steinberg should include the preference option to revert to the former behavior of lane editing through C5 some people prefer?” … I think you would have got 100% “Yes.”