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Rick Paul

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  1. When working with audio take lanes, especially when the number of lanes grows large (e.g. when tracking a lead vocal, I will often do 6-12 takes, allowing for comping doubles from the same pool of takes as the main vocal, often while still learning a new song), it can become important to zoom in on the vertical scale of each take (see attached screen shot). This allows more clearly seeing where good cut points for comping may be (e.g. vocal phrase boundaries, areas with similar volume and phrasing, clear breaks between words, etc.). Currently, there are two issues that impact the usability of the existing ability to Ctrl-drag-up/down to zoom in on the scale: 1) As best I've been able to determine, there is no way to do the same zooming on multiple take lanes within a track at the same time. Thus, it is necessary to do the same zooming on each lane individually. Since the goal is generally to have the scale on all lanes be identical (i.e. to be able to compare "apples to apples" in visual examinations for cut points), the best one can do is watch where the scale numbers (circled in one lane of the screen shot) end up to try and get them to be the same. However, this can be challenging, especially with lots of takes as the numbers can be very small and are sometimes covered up by the mouse. And, of course, it takes N times the effort where N is the number of takes (i.e. compared to being able to do it once for all takes within a track or for selected takes, where N is the number of lanes selected). 2) The most recent setting does not persist across project saves, closes, and re-opens. Thus, if your comping session has to span more than one Cakewalk project session (a very common thing for me), you have to make the scale changes all over again in any subsequent sessions. This can happen not only intentionally (e.g. closing things up at the end of a night, then opening the project fresh the next day), but also unintentionally (e.g. when Cakewalk crashes or hangs). My feature suggestion is thus two-fold: 1) Provide a way to scale all take lanes within a track, or at least all selected takes, with one operation. This could either be the default for zooming on the audio scale within a track or via a different modifier key from zooming on a single lane. Bonus points: Allow doing the same for all take lanes of selected tracks. (This would be useful when comping multiple background vocal tracks where each harmony part has its own track, but it might be useful to be comping those in parallel for a song section.) 2) Make the most recently used settings for any given track(s) persistent across project saves and re-opens. While my main concern here is for comping audio, these changes might also be useful for MIDI. (#1 may be more questionable, though, as playing different notes on different takes may make the optimal scale needed for each lane different, and any clear phrase boundaries are likely to be most evident by having all vertical notes within a given take as zoomed in as possible to contain all those notes. This may argue for being able to continue using the current method in addition to the suggested additional method. #2 would still be useful for MIDI in all cases, though.)
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