Hello. I would love the possibility to “render in place” frozen tracks.
I really like the ability to freeze tracks because I make big productions with a lot of heavy VSTs that demand power and memory. So being able to freeze is a lifesaver, not just in terms of computer power, but also not having to wait when you load up a project. If you have 20 VSTs all loading it can take a while…
I also freeze rather than rendering because it is a lot easier to edit these tracks later if needed. You know, tweak a note here and there, remove a chord etc. This cannot be done as well with a rendered track.With frozen tracks I don’t lose any data and I have more edit options. If I render a track, I can’t go in and edit later on with the same precision. There are times where a rendered track is very useful though, especially if you want to make quite edits, moving events around. That process takes longer with BIG VSTs because the unfreeze takes time.
The reason it would be very handy to render in place a frozen track is simply about saving lots of time. If I have a frozen Piano track, for example the Garritan CFX, which takes quite a while to load up, I could save some time being able to render the track immediately instead of having to unfreeze first and then render.
I see the argument this doesn’t work because “the track is frozen” and you cannot do anything to it except adding plugins and such. That may be true, but I don’t see the impossibility to render the file since the audio data still exists somewhere. A frozen track is still “audio-data” that should be able to be rendered.