Robert, I was just about to post on this same topic. I am having similar unpredictable problems with Group Edit. Fyi, I always keep Snap to Zero off when using Group Edit.
For example, one issue that comes up repeatedly when comping multitrack drums:
- On one track (for example, the Bass Drum), I click on a Lane 1 audio event to make it “active.”
- On some of the other tracks, an audio event at the same location becomes active, except on Lane 3 instead of Lane 1…
This usually doesn’t happen for every track in the Group Edit folder - in the above example, some of the other tracks correctly show their corresponding Lane 1 audio event as active. But not all of them.
Put another way: clicking a Lane 1 audio event on one track activates a Lane X audio event on different track(s), where Lane X might be Lane 2, 3, or some other Lane.
When I get some free time, I’ll make a video for this because it’s easiest to see rather than describe. But put simply, it seems like Group Edit becomes “confused” so that the various audio events at a particular moment in the song’s timeline are no longer grouped “lane-for-lane”. It’s strange because they are still somehow grouped, just not one-for-one.
I have discovered a workaround for this:
- Turn off Group Edit.
- Make active the “confused” audio event on the first track of your Group Edit folder by clicking on it.
- Repeat step 2 for ALL of the tracks in the Group Edit.
- Turn Group Edit back on.
(Also, I’m not getting the “Group edit is out of sync” error when I turn Group Edit off and on. This problem occurs with no warnings.)
I would love to know what’s causing this - is it user error? A bug? Are there other workarounds or things I can do to prevent this while tracking/comping? This problem happens regularly to me and at unpredictable times. Because of this, I don’t use Group Edit with clients in the room because it’s too time-consuming to do the above workaround - sometimes many of these “confused” grouped events appear at what seems like random places in the Group Edit folder and I can’t predict how long it will take me to sort it out. So instead, I do these sorts of comps on my own time and just eat the cost of fiddling with things to make it work.
Anyway, if I’m doing something wrong here, I’d be very grateful to find that out. My system config is in my sig below.
P.S. Edit to add… might be worth mentioning that I am probably a “power user” of the Group Edit feature. I routinely split multiple sections of audio events, copy them, move them onto new lanes, etc. and generally create a very different arrangement of the finished drum track. However, I am not doing anything (that I know of) that’s beyond the scope of what Group Edit and Lanes are designed to do. I just work it pretty hard over here. And other than the “confusion” issues here (which are, admittedly, very irritating), C6 seems to keep up just fine and “mirrors” all of my comps/edits across the various grouped tracks.