@princeagrawal I am well aware of the parameter you've described and it does not match the feature I am requesting. If this feature request were already available, the requested MUTE parameter would be visible from within the expanded MIDI folder. I realize I may not have communicated my request very well, as I see the MIDI folder in your screenshot is still collapsed. There is also a notable difference between MUTING the MIDI notation of an instrument track from the SONG PAGE and bypassing a VST instrument.
When it comes to truncating and/or cutting off a VST instrument's voice, there is little to no difference between "bypassing" a VST instrument versus simply "muting" the VST instrument’s mixer channel, and neither of these results are desirable for this request. This request actually seeks to avoid truncation and also speed up the process of song arrangement with MIDI notation.
I ask that those reading this request first test the differences, or at least be aware of the differences between what I am requesting and what is currently available, before providing an inaccurate response that will misinform others. I took the courtesy of double checking to confirm that I hadn't overlooked something by double checking before writing this response. I only ask for the same courtesy.
I would like to post a video to help demonstrate what I’m describing, but I don’t have the time to edit it. I also feel this issue might be better understood by someone who tries this for themselves in 5 short and simple steps! So, to hear the DESIRABLE difference between what I’m requesting and what is already available…
Step 1: Record only two 16th or 32nd notes, with the two notes starting at the beginning of a different measure. For clarification, the first note should start on the down beat of the 1st measure; and the 2nd note should start on the down beat of the 2nd measure. Recording 2 notes will be sufficient for this example.
Step 2: Increase the decay/release time for the VST instrument being played and be sure it doesn’t sound long enough to overlap the 2nd note that starts at the 2nd measure. A sustain pedal is NOT recommended for this simple example.
Step 3 (desirable): Press Play to hear the first note of your pre-recorded MIDI notation through the VST instrument and as soon as you hear the notation being played, mute the "MIDI notation only" by using the MUTE BUTTON for the VST instrument ON THE "SONG PAGE" and NOT FROM THE MIXER page.
In this instance, you may be surprised to hear that the full decay of the first note is played without interruption. However, if you have correctly engaged the VST instrument’s SONG PAGE MUTE button before the 2nd pre-recorded MIDI notation was played, the 2nd note will not sound. This is only part of the desired result for this NEW automation request!
To hear the UNDESIRABLE difference between what I’m requesting and what is already available, continue to as follows –
Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2, then skip to Step 5.
Step 5 (undesirable): Press Play to hear the first note of your pre-recorded MIDI notation through the VST instrument, only this time, as soon as you hear the notation being played, engage bypass on the MIDI instrument OR mute the VST instrument from the mixer NOT THE SONG PAGE, either way the result is the same.
In this instance, the full decay of the first note is abruptly and noticeably truncated, which is undesirable for this request.
Please bear in mind the resulting audio playback is only half of this request. The other huge benefits of this request are: real-time writing of mute automation across multiple instrument channels, considerably more creative song arrangement, and ultimately much shorter song arrangement times, with the option for lighting fast fine tuning if needed. I hope these examples have cleared up any confusion.
For anyone who realizes how beneficial this request really is, feel free to share a link to this page and give it a +1.