In order to resolve some of the confusion, complexities, additional logic, and bugs that have popped up from trying to keep the Console and Arranger views in sync with each other I propose that Studio One be enhanced to:
Show all Console channels in the Arranger view, creating a 1:1 correlation between both views. Example: each audio channel would appear in both locations (current functionality), but if I load a Multi-Instrument with 3 stereo channels and 10 mono channels, then I'll see 13 new channels in the Arranger view, one for each. This would be new functionality as in the current implementation, only 1 track would appear for that multi-instrument in the Arranger view.
The effects of this would be that:
- Changing the order of a channel in one view will have the equal effect on the other.
- Engaging a Mute or Solo in one view, will have the same effect in the other view.
- Busses, Aux, and Effect channels could then be placed freely by the users.
- Automation could be written directly to each channel in the Arranger view (eliminating the need for extra automation channels, though these should still remain as an option)
- As part of this request, the only independent functionality needed for either view would be the ability to hide a channel in the Arranger view (obviously with the ability to unhide channels) - this is current functionality anyway
- Would be nice (but not absolutely necessary) to have Show Busses and Show FX Channels set of options in the Arranger view to quickly hide/unhide these types (for people who will say, "but I don't want to see busses and sends in the arranger")
This would be in line with a DAW like Sonar where a 1:1 correlation has always existed, creating a simplified experience and not requiring additional console logic to keep channel states/names/etc. in sync.