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Feature Request: Punch In/out markers independent from loop markers or a loopable preroll.

+194 votes
asked Dec 3, 2015 in Recording by danam2 (3,880 points)
edited Sep 14, 2018 by danam2
Please vote for this feature request if you want/need to "groove in" for recording a couple of takes that you want to record in a loop.

Enhancement (04.06.2018): It would be great if multiple punch ranges where possible. Something like a punch marker track similar to the chord or arranger track. That would be especially great for overdubbing only 2 or 3 words of a vocal recording for example.

One more alternative (14.09.2018): In Reaper there are no punch markers, but you can mark as many events as you like to be punched. This would mean to set punch areas for each track differently. Personally I think that punch markers are more lucid, but this surely would be the most flexible solution.

25 Answers

+7 votes
answered Jun 26, 2017 by AlexTinsley (906,640 points)
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Thank you for the feature request. 

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+7 votes
answered Dec 30, 2015 by Funkybot (21,460 points)
This is one of my biggest S1 Feature Requests. I honestly can't use loop record with auto-punch in most of my use cases because of this.
+5 votes
answered Jan 5, 2016 by Scoox (13,250 points)
edited Jan 5, 2016 by Scoox
Thanks for posting this FR. Anyone who's serious about recording, not just vocals and/or instruments, but also MIDI, should be able to appreciate this FR.
+3 votes
answered Aug 27, 2016 by Rosch (300 points)
Yes please. I definitely need to "groove in" let's say 4 bars before recording drops in.
+3 votes
answered Oct 20, 2016 by David Mood (670 points)
Great FR.

I would just like to add, that dedicated punch-in/out markers should be located on the timeline, and not on the marker track (just like the Play Start Marker).
+2 votes
answered Oct 21, 2016 by sirmonkey (2,390 points)

Yes...this...definitely. I switched from Cakewalk Music Creator 4 (a basic, stripped down $40 version of Sonar), and even that program had this function. For doing repeated guitar takes, I want to select the exact punch-in and punch-out points, without recording anything before or after. And I also want to be playing several bars before the punch-in. This function would greatly improve comping.

Please, please...can we have this? It seems like it would be fairly easy to implement compared to many other features that Studio One has.

+3 votes
answered Nov 12, 2016 by michaelbruns (200 points)
Yes, thats the reason why I didn't change from Samplitude to Studio One. Please implement this feature!!!
+5 votes
answered Feb 5, 2018 by sghose (590 points)
I am from Sonar.

This I used to use in every possible cases.

Should be in S1.
+2 votes
answered Mar 25, 2018 by jeffreyschmitt (1,230 points)
Just piling on: Auto-punch independent of the loop is an extremely useful feature for recording new tracks.  For example, looping a bit before and after a solo section and being able to auto-punch into just the area where the solo is play allows the artist to quickly make several takes of the solo and then later select or comp to the best take.  It's not so much a "punch-in" as it is controlling the record area separate from the playback loop.
+2 votes
answered May 23, 2018 by DrummaMan (2,880 points)
Who at Presonus/Studio One thought it wasn't needed???

Even Harrison's MixBus has it!!

And NO one yet from a Presonus rep to SOP super user has chimed in with a work-around...

Sign me : disgruntled Sonar refugee ...
+5 votes
answered May 26, 2018 by DrummaMan (2,880 points)

To clarify -
Yes - Pre-Roll allows one to hear a specified number of measures before the record head (auto-punch) is engaged.

BUT - 

a lot of bands here do not record to a click, so it would be FAR more beneficial to have MARKERS independently signifying where the loop starts vs. where the auto punch-in is located.

Make sense?

Sure it does.

Thanks for your consideration.

+6 votes
answered Sep 10, 2018 by DrummaMan (2,880 points)



We had it in Cakewalk (in darn near every version, at least since ProAudio, but LONG before Sonar) and
it was the #1 feature we used when tracking.

I cannot believe SOP4 did not have it.

+3 votes
answered Sep 14, 2018 by bstin (1,200 points)
Just adding in support for this idea. Specifically I would prefer "independent loop / punch-in markers" rather than a specific loopable pre-roll.

It seems like a cleaner implementation to have an additional set of "record markers" which may or may not be linked to loop markers. We already have a "playhead start" marker, so this follows in same concept.
+1 vote
answered Sep 25, 2018 by natfunk71 (990 points)
Why hasn't this been addressed yet? Unacceptable.
+1 vote
answered Jan 16, 2019 by klloyd (180 points)
I asked for this when I first bought version 2.5, I think it was. I was using Adobe Audition and it had it.  Now I'm thinking about updating to version 4 and I came looking for things that I have always felt were a serious lacking in the product and I still see people asking for it as late as Sept 2018.  This can't be that hard to implement.
+1 vote
answered Jan 28, 2019 by philangus (9,090 points)
Yep, I already requested this feature as well :-)
+1 vote
answered Nov 7, 2019 by christophermander1 (390 points)
Absolutely mad that S1 doesn't have this feature. Have the people who write the program never tried to make music?

The lack of this feature alone is enough to drive me back to Cakewalk.
+1 vote
answered Jan 12 by Vernon Parsons (300 points)
Garageband on a phone has it for crying out loud!
+3 votes
answered Jan 16 by robbblanchette (360 points)
I'm coming from Sonar. There are separate loop ranges and punch in/out ranges.  You can set the "playback" to start a measure or two early EACH time you loop through.  Not having that is pretty frustrating.
+2 votes
answered Jan 19 by timothyerk (660 points)
Cannot believe this is still not in S1. Requested in 2015 and it's now 2020 with 151 upvotes. Considering S1 is usually progressive with new features, they are going to be the last DAW to have this ability.
+2 votes
answered May 8 by jeffreyschmitt (1,230 points)
Starting a new project after upgrading to 4.6.1 and really was hoping to find this feature.  Seems like the preroll should replay for every loop to give me a moment to get oriented before recording a subsequent take.
0 votes
answered May 19 by davidblickstein (230 points)

Yes, I was very very excited when I saw Gregor's demo on "comping", but I find the lack of a feature like this makes my workflow difficult with comping.

I want to record several takes of a section but.... I just NEED to have a bit of a break between each take.   For one thing, the kind of music I do is very technically challenging and many use cases it's just not humanly possible to go from the last bar STRAIGHT into the 1st bar without some kind of gap like a precount or preroll in between each take

I'd also like to see a way to "pause during loop record"

+2 votes
answered May 30 by jrnhoos (290 points)
Can't believe this doesn't exist. Sometimes I really think about getting back to Cakewalk. How can it be that even such a basic is missing?
0 votes
answered Jul 20 by scottwhitlow (250 points)
Logic has one of the best implementation of punch in and out for recording. With its own timeline, etc. wish this would come to S1
0 votes
answered Nov 10 by yoelbreuer (420 points)
One of the only missing features in studio one. Please include it in the next update!!!!