Suggestion for single-key playback
Current playback operation feels limited to me. I feel encumbered by the requirement to use multiple keys to play selected audio* vs. playing from cursor position. (*Selecting from a lower time point to a higher, i.e. dragging from left to right.)
I want to be able to use one play shortcut for both selection- and cursor-playback. Exactly how it works, let’s say, in Audacity (and many others). I’d like an added option that will either A) let the anchor stick to the beginning of selection when dragging from left to right, or B): “Ignore Anchor” option in the Play Audio Range settings window, which would ignore anchor location when playing selections.
I’m aware of the different shortcuts (F6–F8) for different ways to play audio. While those might come in handy – and I respect that others might use them more than me – I rarely need them. If I want to play after the selection, I press 2 (custom key) to set the anchor at the end of selection and hit play, for example.
I think WaveLab should cater for those coming from other audio editors in terms of playback. I don’t want to rant too much, so I’ve deleted a lot of argumentation and stuff describing why I’m not in favor of having two keys for something other editors can do with one key (they have same key for cursor playback and selection playback).
But in a nutshell, here’s where the playback logic breaks :
- I click at 2s, press Space and audio plays from 2s onwards. CHECK
- I click at 3s, press Space and audio plays from 3s onwards. CHECK
- I drag a time selection between 6–4s, press Space and that selection will be auditioned. CHECK
- I drag a time selection between 7–9s, press Space and that selection will NOT be auditioned. UNCHECK
^ I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who ran into this and went bananas
This happens because the direction – left→right or left←right – when you drag your selection, decides whether it can be played with Spacebar or not! You can even select the exact same time portion as in step 3, but if you dragged it from left to right (4s→6s), the Spacebar does something different. It’s like if you used Photoshop, and dragged a marquee selection in a SW to NE direction and when you painted over it, pixels only appeared within the selection – and if you dragged the exact same marquee selection but from NE to SW and painted over it, pixels would only appear outside of the selection, in which you’ve unwillingly entered a different mode. And to get back to painting within the marquee, you’d have to press F6. Does this make sense? It’s an unnecessary roundtrip that’s not intuitive. Since I practically live in this application and love it so much, I can’t stop hoping for some positive feedback on this. What do you think, PG