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Updates 20th January 2020

Monday 20th January 2020
By Brecht De Man

An overview of all the fixes and improvements we've added this week

You were more active and vocal than ever the past few weeks, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Your feedback goes straight to the top of the pile, as this is a platform for you after all. We hope you feel rewarded for your diligent reporting when you read about the changes we pushed today, and thank you for your patience while we tackle the more challenging requests.

Automation For The People

Parameter automation has taken a huge leap forward as we expanded it to FX parameters – and updated our stock FX accordingly. This means that you can now draw lines in the Timeline view to determine how any parameter should change over time, in addition to the level and panning.

We took it as an opportunity to resolve some other issues with parameter automation. Level- and panning-automated tracks now move around on the Stage View in Google Chrome as well. The ‘node’ at the start of the automation curve doesn't have to be at the very start, to make things more flexible. Adding and moving automation nodes has generally become more robust and glitch-free.

Oh Snap!

On popular request we expedited the region snapping functionality in “Bar/beats” mode. You can now drag a region only to the next smallest division of the Timeline (zoom in for even more precise movement). If you want good old snap-less movement of regions, just switch to the “min:secs” view.

I Like To Move It

Arranging your session easily and intuitively is one of our proudest strong suits, so we feel very strongly about making it perfect. You can now drag tracks to the bottom of the session by dropping it on the empty space in Timeline View; you will move only the selected track(s) and nothing else; and the grouping hierarchy is limited to strictly four levels. The race for ever sparser communication with the server also continues, so we will not send two updates when one suffices.

Dragging in regions (from your hard drive) no longer looks funny – with regions previously ‘dropping’ to the next line for a few seconds.

The Editors

Another focal point was the MIDI Editor, where you inspect and edit MIDI regions. The primary improvements are an update of the available note lengths (including triplets), a background colour that corresponds to the region colour (even when they are in a group), and the ability to have both a region’s editor and a track’s FX bar open without weird artefacts.

Cross-platform

After a Firefox-only honeymoon period, we welcome feedback from other browsers like Chrome, Edge and Safari as well, and while this transition has been quite smooth we have issued a few fixes for problems that emerged. Among the incompatible functionality were bouncing, ordering tracks, the colour and automated movement of Stage View track bubbles, and the ordering of sessions in the User Space.

Move fast and fix things

Contrary to general belief we are not perfect in every way, and spotted a few bugs that we introduced recently, or that may have been there for a while.

  • It’s once again possible to create a Send to an existing Bus.

  • Timeline track faders and Send faders can be clicked to quickly move the grabber there, just like their vertical counterparts in the Mixer.

  • The ‘solo’ logic became a bit more, well, logical, and also robust to session reloading. In particular, (un)soloing a group is equivalent to (un)soloing all its constituents, and therefore an empty group cannot be (un)soloed.

  • The track browser disappeared from the FX Bar for a moment, but it’s back now.

  • Deletion also works with the piano roll open: if you have a MIDI note selected, you can hit backspace or delete to remove it; if you don’t have one selected, you may remove a track or region this way.

  • The session tempo is properly saved, so that it is persistent between sessions.

  • Clicking ‘away’ from a pop-out or pop-up will now always close it: just click any other element.

  • The task button or social pane (top right button) stopped working for a bit.

  • The status of the instrument classifier is obvious from a spinning circle at the top of the track’s instrument icon, so you can see when it is still calculating.

  • You can use the full computer keyboard for 2+ octaves of real-time MIDI playing and recording.

We’ve already made a start on a new list of short-term and long-term improvements, and look forward to sending you the next write-up!

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