I’m glad I found this post. I’ve been looking for the answer to this question and finally found the answer here.It’s good to get basic functionality from your investment. This is great to see, but we still need more votes to get what is IMHO the most financially beneficial feature request implemented:
With the implementation of this feature request, Presonus users will be equipped not only for faster creation of finished MIDI and other complete musical arrangements, but also fully prepared for sheet music presentation to live bands as well as music supervisors and/or directors as opportunities for exposure, promotion, live performance, television, and or media placements present themselves. Here are a few closely related examples of the potential end result for users of this request (there are an endless list of examples I could have used, but these are the first that came to mind, with the first link being the most relevant to this request):
There are several points covered in this post, but they all lead to substantial increases in Studio One user production efficiency as well as long-term end user monetary returns. So, if you’re at all interested in the prospect of not only saving time, but also making more money, be sure to take a moment to read about how this feature request will benefit you.)
Regarding Presonus feature requests, Presonus Studio One is my preferred DAW, but it currently lacks the ability to automate the Mute button for MIDI/VST Instrument Tracks (*see pic: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fC7Bktj8XS3--Ys8jNHb9U1w6Irej14M/view?usp=sharing).
As shown above, automation of this parameter has been faithfully used in other DAWs to get the job done quickly since at least the early 90’s, in the hay-day of loop/pattern based electronic music. Certain aspects of the musical arrangements are repeated, with other aspects being the result of the incorporation of live instrumentation and/or intricate harmonies that result in a polished end result. Surprisingly the Mute button for VST/MIDI Instrument Tracks is already present in Studio One, but the full functionality of this parameter is currently not automatable for whatever reason.
With the implementation of this feature, in addition to the current time intensive and meticulous functions of muting and/or splitting individual MIDI events and/or muting MIDI notation from the piano roll, we would additionally have the exponentially faster and more intuitive option to arrange a whole song by simply muting MIDI notation in real-time using a write automation!
An entire song could be arranged in a single playback, which is essentially the time it takes to listen to the song! In the best case scenario, MIDI notation would be muted in real-time as the playhead scrolls from left to right, which would happen in a way very similar to that of how audio waveforms suddenly appear when recording audio. In the event the seamless version of this feature request is not possible (i.e. real-time muting as playhead scrolls), I’m sure this request can be accomplished as a 2 step process.
The first step would be writing the automation for the initial Mute button of each respective MIDI/VST Instrument Track to their respective automation Lane, which can be done in a single playback. The second half of this request is for the implementation of an offline process that allows for the mute automations written in the resulting MIDI Mute automation lane to translate to the piano roll. Users would simply click the VST Instrument track lane(s) they wish to print to MIDI, whether just one or several at a time, select the offline function. Once the offline funcion is completed, the resulting notation would still be visible but muted and the mute automation lane would be reset accordingly.
We currently have limited use of this functionality using Audio Mute, with the difference being that MIDI mute automation mutes notation only, not audio. As a result, MIDI mute is much more effective at accomplishing the task of song arrangement with a considerably more clean and polished professional sounding end result, as the resulting audio is NOT truncated when using MIDI mute. When using MIDI Mute, VST Instrument release times for (dry) VST instruments remain intact and are allowed to sound the full duration of their decay, as well as any insert effects (i.e. reverb, delays, etc) for the VST instrument’s respective audio channel!
I submitted a request to add this basic function to Studio One, because MIDI arrangement would be exponentially faster if automation of this parameter was an option. As mentioned above, I want to reiterate that this basic functionality is a standard feature, which comes included in the majority of most all other DAWs. Studio One users shouldn’t be left behind on this time saving workflow.
The second half of this request addresses the need for mute automations to translate to sheet music via Presonus Notation software. In this same feature request, I included the option for the creation of an offline process that allows for the mute automations written in the resulting MIDI Mute automation lane to translate to the piano roll. Notation would still be visible but muted.
Having the second part of this request implemented would allow for effective translation of MIDI- to-sheet music production, film scoring, as well as live instrument performance by band and orchestras. Needless to say, Presonus users would be equipped not only for faster creation of finished MIDI arrangements, but also fully prepared for sheet music presentation to music supervisors or directors when the opportunity for live television and or media placements present themselves!
Please add your vote for the implementation of this both e$$ential and time $aving feature request: