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Ripple Edit for Events and Ranges (With Drag/Drop Move/Insert)

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asked Sep 5, 2017 in Studio One 3 Feature Requests by donaldbaarns (7,070 points)
edited Sep 5, 2017 by donaldbaarns

Having a true Ripple Edit in S1 would be a huge win for those of us using S1 for voice (audio books, voice overs, podcasts, etc.)

Drag w Move/Copy Insert: We should be able to grab an Event or Range, drag it with a keyboard modifier, and have it either move or copy/insert the selection into the track, moving all the existing audio to the right so it's one continuous stream. (All events are adjusted, similar to "Delete Time" or "Insert Silence".)

This functionality partially exists with the Arranger, where I can drag a segment and drop it at a seam between sections. We need to be able to drop it anyplace, rather than just the seams between sections. Obviously we do not want to define Arranger sections (intro, verse, bridge, chorus, etc.) because we are just editing dialog, not music. Our selection (range/event) is all we need.

-AND- Ripple Replace
Copy a selection (range/event) and REPLACE an existing range/event, while all audio to the right is adjusted to fit the newly inserted audio. (If the copy source is longer/shorter, the audio to the right of paste area is adjusted as needed.)

We can do the copy/paste version today with macros, but macros don't understand context, which causes some confusion for new users.

There is no way to drag/drop insert unless the Arranger is used, but that is not practical for a set of reasons.

PS: This was inspired by the article in "Studio One Expert", an excellent resource for S1 users. 
I've requested this in other places but never posted here.


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answered Sep 20, 2017 by Skip Jones (72,870 points)

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answered Oct 17, 2017 by pauldecesare (1,420 points)
As a Premiere Pro editor this is a hard feature to live without. Now I'm going down the road of MIDI orchestration with audio recording mixed in, and obviously this is huge. To be honest, I'm tired of getting laughed off the VI/MIDI forums when I bring up Studio One because of the "limited MIDI features" I keep hearing about, and this is one of them. I don't want to switch DAWs. I hope it's more than Number of votes that's looked at, that the developers are looking down the list for features that keep Studio One in the "not a real DAW" mindset amongst VI composers. Maybe there are some quick wins... is Ripple Delete easier than MultiCore support? Those are probably the two big ones that keep S13 boxed up as an audio DAW. An orchestral template can easily have 250-300 tracks, so manual moving of tracks is a nightmare without Ripple Delete (a.k.a. Ripple Edit), as is non-parallel CPU thread support. Thanks.
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answered Oct 17, 2017 by donaldbaarns (7,070 points)

FWIW - Ripple Delete is already there:

It's just called "Edit > Delete Time" in S1. I have that remapped to my "Del" key (Extended Keyboard) as it's super useful.

I do have macros that can do an "Insert or Replace" and move the rest of the track.

Let me know and I'll get them to you.

Even though we can do them with macros, macros are stupid and don't understand context. Built-in commands know when to gray out when the right things aren't in place for the operation... and properly support "Undo" as a single command...