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Continuous play/record auto scroll

+83 votes
asked Feb 6, 2021 in Look and Feel by Chuck37 (300 points)
The current auto scroll feature show the "current time" cursor moving across the page of music and then when it gets to the end it loads a new page and the cursor jumps back to the beginning (left).  When using this feature while playing music (either play or record) it is useful to see markers and changes that are coming in the future, but they can sneak up on you if they are right after a page boundary. The desired feature is for the cursor to remain fixed near the left of the screen and have the music move left so a constant amount of future music is visible.

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+13 votes
answered Apr 10, 2021 by Lukas Ruschitzka (256,880 points)
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+15 votes
answered Feb 7, 2021 by tothrec (31,960 points)
Cakewalk and Pro Tools allow you to configure the auto-scroll behavior between:
1. jump to next "page" (this is how S1 does it)
2. keep the song position in the middle (constant scroll)
3. scroll as soon as the song position reaches the right edge (constant, once it reaches the edge)

Good feature to add!
+9 votes
answered Feb 9, 2021 by michaelcollins (1,520 points)
If you are recording and you are trying to play using the Chord track (Bass lines, chords, power chords, soloing) you can't see the next chords coming up once you get to the very right of the timeline, so you have to stop your jam and then move the cursor to where you stopped.  An option to have the autoscroll keep the cursor in the middle would let you always be able to see the chords coming up.
+9 votes
answered Feb 22, 2021 by ASarian (350 points)
Totally got my vote on this one. When you try to record everything in one take it is a very nice feature!
+8 votes
answered May 2, 2021 by charliegannon (310 points)
This would be very appreciated.
+8 votes
answered Aug 24, 2021 by ab398 (320 points)
edited Aug 24, 2021 by ab398
agreed. i demoed studio one. i think it is the best sounding daw out there.  the mixes simply sound cleaner.  i don't know why, but i know i hear it.

not having playback scroll is literally what is keeping me from buying a license to the s1 professional software. i believe the technical term is "playhead follows cursor".  the vertical "you are here" line stays in the center of the screen, while the content moves from right to left on the screen.  that way, the action that is happening right now is always in the center of the screen, and you never get stuck with those annoying moments where the screen block-jumps to the next page precisely when you are at an important moment and don't want a screen jump.

also, when you have a large display, it is a disadvantage to have to look to the far right of the screen and then the far left when the screen jumps.  with a constantly scrolling screen, your eyes can be optimally focused in the center of the screen.

developers: if you implement this feature, please email me so i can make a purchase.
+7 votes
answered Mar 25, 2022 by James_North (1,120 points)
Yep this is a huge deal - either needs a better jump (before the cursor gets RIGHT to the end, like Cubase) and/or a thing where the screen scrolls and the cursor doesn't move.

As it currently is, it's not very friendly to players.
+6 votes
answered Oct 27, 2022 by denisd1 (690 points)
Good request. Though smooth scrolling probably would require GUI engine deep revamp, and not likely to be easily implemented. In some programs dealing with timeline it also has 4th option - jump when reached 2/3 of page, so at any given moment there will be at least 1/3 of page observable ahead (kind of quick fix).
+4 votes
answered Oct 30, 2022 by princeagrawal (13,730 points)
Yes please. It baffles me that its v6 of Studio One (at the time of writing this) and this feature is still not present in S1, while many other DAWs had this feature right since day one. Please Presonus, add this feature. Its a super useful one.
+4 votes
answered Jan 9, 2023 by coszmin (230 points)
are we there yet?
+4 votes
answered Mar 9, 2023 by taylorhansen1 (430 points)
Pleeease add this feature. It would be so nice.