This quick mockup shows an un-focused matrix with the current selected track cells in a different shape.
Could be optional:
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Also the cells with no pattern data have a ghost shape for same indication.
EDIT: even in the forum friendly shrunk size you can spot the selected track
edit: with selection borders.
I must admit I’m not to fond of your mock up and used shape, whats wrong with how it is done now? I can only see benefit in making the current selection borders more brighter.
I have to admit that it is not the prettiest in the world, but I am all for better/ more obvious selection, particularly when you can have independently horizontally scrolling pattern editor and matrix now. This makes relative postion of the two cursors change quickly.