Convergence: Bringing the instrument and track closer together
Split from this topic because I realized my idea could pretty much be done in a tool.
The idea is inspited by other tools, such as Convert Instrument Number and Capture Track from Instrument,
but I am only interested in setting the selected/focus track and instrument, not remapping instrument numbers.
I’ve been wondering about the best approach, and think it should work like this:
Link track and instrument by assigning similar names.
Because, names are very descriptive, and your eyes scan over them constantly,
But what does linking mean?
To me, when a track and instrument are linked, switching either one would select any similarly-named track or instrument, and renaming could update both as well.
The actual picking up of the instrument could be fully automatic (akin to auto-capture), or manual via some shortcut.
Still, the idea is far from complete.
I’m trying to wrap my head around how wildcards/pattern matching could work.I would want some degree of freedom when defining the name, because those plugins can have god-awful long names and I’d like to keep track names relatively short.
Otherwise, you could easily end up having tracks that that would look like this:
00: VST: Bazille(x6… 01: VST: Bazille(x6…02: VST: Bazille(x6…
Would be much better to have something like this
00: Epidemic Bass 01: Piano Pad 02: Sequential
In short, some kind of pattern matching,
Also, you might have noticed how instrument names can change as a result of loading a preset?
Internally, Renoise does a check for whether the instrument has a name which is formatted in a specific way - this could either be a pain, or used creatively.
As usual the rabbit hole deepens…