I really like the way trackers work and I’ve been using them ever since i had my first Amiga when i was a lil boy. My main issue with the pattern view is that it is getting toooo big on the horizontal plane. There’s a lot af numbers and Notes etc and i usually use MANY tracks & Notecolumns just for making the drums.
First of all …
… A feature I would really like to see is a track minimizer button, and an option to minimize all tracks by default unless your marker is in that Track. This would save a lot of space and hopefully confuse me less trying to find what i want to cut and paste or edit. Scrolling a lot horizontally doesnt come very natural, and tabbing through can get a bit confusing with all the notes and digits flying by. Preferably assigned keys for this feature as well when minimizing and maximizing tracks in the pattern view.
Nesting several tracks in a Track group would ease up things a bit more. Personally i have several tracks only for drums and would really like if i could nest them all to one Track group and Minimize it too. Not only becouse of space issues…
… It would also be great if this track group could have it’s own independent set of Effects. Instead of routing all the tracks to a Send track (Wich uses yet another track and space in the pattern view) it would be great to be albe to put a compressor on that group for instance compressing all the Drum tracks at once.
Rendering a track group seems easy enough and i would do it a lot and use the Sample created in another track to save som processing power. And along with Track minimizing I could keep that track group in my song (Muted/Turned off) not taking much space if i ever wanted to go back and edit or create variations of those drums easily.
Minimized tracks doesnt need to show anything raelly, but it would be cool if they showed Notes and note off visually in some way. 20-30 Pixels wide when minimized should be enough. And some kind of color coding would be good to keep track of things.
A track group would work exactly like a send track would do when several tracks are routed to that one. The only difference is visual and space benefits.
any more ideas and uses of this welcome.