I’ve thought about this alot, it’s going to seem like i’m going all over the place.
the instrument editor I believe does need an overall, lot’s of stuff sitting in there that can’t be touched from the pattern editor, metadevices & automation. My absolute favorite way of doing things right now is using pattern effects sent to metadevices to the dsp. The metadevices have removed almost all of the need for my usage of the automation lanes and have taken away a portion of my usage of pattern effects.
An example of my instrument editor usage:
At the moment I only use the instrument editor to create volume ramps, everything else provided in the instrument editor I make use of in the track dsp or by using the pattern effects commands. It’s nice this way as it is concise, keeps things generally right where I can see them, and controllable*.
The automation lanes are a great concept however not quite fully realized yet. several objectives cannot be overcome with the automation lanes currently, such as on & off of devices, global curve spanning + view & of course needing 2 points at each intersection to make sharp right and left-hand turns. However, the automation lane allows utmost precision of values when the pattern editor commands can’t get as deep into some parameters, so we must preserve the automation lane.
With that being said, more and more we are using the dsp effects and metadevices to make completely new ‘dynamic instruments’, I believe this is due to isolation the instrument editor is showing.
With this, we should also address the size of the Track DSP, as the amount of devices being chained is becoming very interestingly confusing to sort through at times, with the amount of things we are being able to do!
Since these dynamic instruments can currently only dwell within the pattern editor, track dsp & automation lanes, we will see much more demand for rethinking the instruments which to my logic should totally apply to the instrument editor.
One which provides for more of an opened up linkable ability, I think could possibly suffice in the long run.