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"Added" Pattern Automation Improvements - Multi Select and Marquee Select in Pattern Editor

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asked Oct 5, 2022 in Patterns by michaelreid7 (730 points)

This Specifically Applies to “Added” Pattern Automation, Not Default*

Despite how simple these following suggestions seem, this could make the process of per-step automation incredibly efficient and powerful. It’s almost there in its current state but right now it is pretty awkward and tedious. For example if I just want to edit one step of pattern automation, I have to adjust the desired step and then reset the step immediately after it. This process can be frustrating after a while and feels unnecessary. 

The inspiration for this idea  comes from the FL Studio Piano Roll where you can edit a number of parameters in a per-step basis. It also supports multi select and marquee functions for desired notes. 

Maybe there is a current solution that I missed and I’d be happy to know. Otherwise, this my 2 cents.


or just add pan to the list of default parameters :)


Fig. 1

Fig. 1 is an example of the default pattern automation for the velocity within Impact XT.


Fig. 2

Fig. 2 is an example of an automation that is not default and was “added”. Notice there are bars where there aren't steps in the sequencer. It would be better if it was like the default automation where there were only bars where there were steps. I’m also not sure why they are grey by default and what the “++” means. 



Fig. 3

Fig. 3 is an example of the problems with the current iteration of “added” pattern automation. When I just want to edit one step in the sequencer, all of the steps after it follow the adjusted amount. And there is no way to just isolate the one bar/step, like you can in the default velocity automation. 



Fig. 4

Fig.4 is a possible solution. There should be the ability to select specific steps or bars, like the way Shift + Click can select specific notes in the piano roll. Only the selected steps/bars would be adjusted.



Fig. 5

Fig. 5 is another possible solution. It’s similar to Fig.4 but instead you can use a marquee tool to select and isolate a particular group of steps/bars. 



FL Example

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