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Retrospective Record / Capture Recording

+465 votes
asked Dec 10, 2015 in Recording by niles (52,780 points)
retagged Mar 11 by niles

I would like to suggest a feature that always records the MIDI data of an armed track in a buffer on playback. So when you are jamming along with a song or tweaking some filters but forgot to press record you can still retrieve the data after you stopped playback. In Cubase, Tracktion/Waveform, Samplitude & Live it's called Retrospective record, and in Logic it's called Capture Recording.

Examples of seven DAWs with retrospective MIDI record.


Cubase 10.5+ (improved retrospective record version)





Pro Tools

Digital Performer

62 Answers

+3 votes
answered Dec 28, 2019 by robertgray3 (32,750 points)
Would REALLY love this feature (Cubase style) when I’m doing sound design. Sometimes I’m messing with a sound or recreating something, playing random keys on a Scale-playing or generative plugins like Instascale and I’ll go “oh wow that sounded interesting, I’d love to save that for later” and ... can’t.
+3 votes
answered Jan 8 by chrislang3 (1,510 points)
Yes, please add this! It is really, really needed!
+4 votes
answered Feb 4 by akheecubano (510 points)
Its a joke that PreSonus has not included this feature yet...
+3 votes
answered Feb 11 by raylindsey (390 points)
Digital Performer 10.1 just added this feature, so Presonus should be able to do it also. DP's version even works while stopped. It's very handy. I often hit a"perfect" idea while improvising or noodling and then cannot quite recapture it. It vanishes like a dream.
+2 votes
answered Mar 16 by yitaoli1 (330 points)
+1 vote
answered Mar 20 by hafael (260 points)
Presonus, are you guys seeing this? It's been  years! People are asking for this for 5 years!!! Why the blind eye?
+2 votes
answered Apr 1 by robertrubanovitsch (400 points)
I'm deciding which DAW to use and this feature would be great, please add it to your already awesome DAW. From reading other comments I wonder why Presonus haven't added this feature like it is in Ableton for example. I assume they have some kind of business and marketing plan which they are not willing to openly discuss. They might save this feature for future upgrades purposely or have some deal with other companies or they are creating other more important features, who knows? However, they should communicate with the community about this :)
+1 vote
answered Apr 2 by valentinosciacca1 (1,330 points)
Such a shame that this option is still not available for the MIDI part.....

Please PreSonus make this happen!
+1 vote
answered Apr 15 by JosephJFK (180 points)
After using this feature in Ableton, it has become a core litmus test for me of whether I can use a DAW.  It totally changed my workflow for MIDI.  

This isn't a "nice to have" feature; it's fundamental.
+1 vote
answered May 5 by mobe1 (170 points)
I purchased Studio One Pro only yesterday and that's the feature I instantly started missing (coming from Live 10).

Please make it happen! :)
+1 vote
answered May 6 by markam04 (230 points)
Still waiting. WHY???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
0 votes
answered May 23 by fdsdffdsef (380 points)
Please add this feature