Yes, I definitely have edit mode turned on. It’s always on. I wouldn’t want to have to get used to turning it off and on hundreds of times a day. And yes, it works almost correctly when edit mode is off.
With edit mode off, you can get into the key editor with the transport unchanged, but if you switch edit mode on to adjust something to picture in there, the transport location will update. What I want is an edit mode that moves picture while I’m editing but leaves the transport where I left so I can audition that change in context.
Since I can’t have edit mode and unlinked edit and timeline selections I’ll now say this is a missing feature not a bug. It’s entirely possible to do this in Pro Tools because PT has distinct notions for transport location and edit location. It seems like N5 does not.
And really, the feature is not about “link editors” preference. It’s about leaving the transport in the same place no matter what kind of other editing is taking place.
Thanks for helping me understand it.