FR 1: Add a command in the right-click menu to Select all shared copies of the target instrument/audio part in the arrangement. Once selected, users can rename, re-colour and delete at will
FR 2: Add an option in Options > Advanced > Editing to tell Studio One to keep all shared copies the same name and colour automatically, like in FL Studio:
Studio One (and a few other DAWs) provides a very powerful feature called 'shared copies'. Shared copies are indicated by a small ghost icon in the lower-left corner of the part or clip. Here is an example:
You can make shared copies of instrument parts (aka 'MIDI clip') and Audio Parts. You cannot make a shared copy of an audio event, since all audio events that refer to the same 'source' audio file are inherently instances of the same data.
As you can see in the above example, the two clips look identical. If you edit the clip on the left, the clip on the right will be updated automatically so that the MIDI data inside of both clips is always the same.
This works well until you start having shared copies of different 'source' events all over your project, at which point it becomes impossible to manage because Studio One does not provide ANY tools to manage shared copies. Take a look at this:
These two MIDI clips are the same clips as in our earlier example, except here we have renamed and re-coloured them! The clips are instances of the same data and contain the same MIDI notes, BUT they look very different. Not only that, we could resize the yellow clip to be shorter than the pink fuchsia clip. In short, we can make them look very different, even though they are still the same thing.
I know what you are thinking: "You changed the colours on purpose! Leave the colours alone and you'll be fine." Unfortunately, if you drag a clip from one track to another, the clip colour follows the track header colour (unless you have manually coloured the clip), so it's very easy for this situation to arise.
We need adequate tools to perform the following actions efficiently:
- Delete all shared copies of a MIDI/audio event
- Rename all shared copies of a MIDI/audio event
- Colour all shared copies of a MIDI/audio event
Currently Studio One does not provide any tools to do this, and the only way is to select each clip manually, one by one—very time-consuming! Therefore I'm proposing the above two small improvements, massive thanks!