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Folder Track view waveform (Reaper reference)

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asked Dec 14, 2017 in Look and Feel by diapasonprodues (2,530 points)

Hi! I would love if folder tracks showed the waveforms of all active audio inside it overlaid on top of each other, instead of a view of the tracks contained on "layers". This could be a toggle option so that each user can choose which view to use.

"Sum of waveforms" view is more useful in providing a view of what's playing inside in my opinion because:

1- It would only show audio that is enabled and not muted, and the current view stacks all tracks and audio events even the muted events and disabled and hidden tracks.

2- When vertical zoom (track height) is not enough to make the waveforms contained show up, the "sum of waveforms" view could still provide meaningful information instead of much less useful current view where all I can tell is whether there is an event inside but nothing about what is that event.

​Overview of a project: I copied the drums folder over to reaper (kind of) to show a comparison of the two kinds of view and its use. While Studio One's interface is much prettier, Reaper's folder waveform view gives the user a pretty good idea of what's going on inside.

​Zoomed in comparison: from current SOne's folder view I can't really tell what's going on inside. Notice Reaper's view does not calculate the waveform of the mixed down bus, it simply overlays all waveforms on top of each other. It is also great when aligning phase between channels within a folder because it is possible to look at the folder's waveform and see the channels are indeed aligning up pretty.

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answered Jan 17, 2018 by AlexTinsley (924,340 points)
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