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[Traverso-devel] Proposal: changing Sheet concept in Traverso

From: Remon Sijrier
Subject: [Traverso-devel] Proposal: changing Sheet concept in Traverso
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 15:22:44 +0200
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Hello all,

The Sheet concept in Traverso appears to be hard to understand by the majority 
of user. A Sheet can be used as a self contained project, all your recordings 
on one timeline, adding markers to that timeline to define CD Tracks, and burn 
it to CD.

A Sheet can also be used as a 'song', so it equals just one CD Track. For each 
CD Track you create a Sheet. (no markers involved here)

The idea  behind that is that you don't have to work on a long timeline, to 
avoid horizontal scrolling as much as possible.

The problem is that no-one is used to this concept, and that it is in fact 
very easy to create  a project in Traverso with just one sheet, and export 
that as a template.
Creating a new song is then just 2 mouseclicks away: create new project -> 
select a template -> done!

With that approach, you can't (at least yet) burn your album on a CD from 
within Traverso, because each project is a song, so you have to use an 
external burning application to arrange your exported project files in a CD.

So after a good deal of thought, I'd like to propose the following:

1) A Project no longer will have sheets, it's just a project.
2) It'll contain a 'main view' where all the audio tracks live, just like in 
all the other applications out there. 
3) A second view, called Mixer contains all the Buses + Aux Buses for that 
Project, including the Master Bus
4) You'll be able to create 'track views' which can be populated by any/all 
audio tracks from your project. The purpose of 'track views' is to be able to 
quickly compare a small number of tracks to each other, without having to deal 
with all the tracks in one main view.
5) you can have as many of those track views as you want.

In essence: Sheets no longer will be able to act as a self contained project, 
but will behave as 'track views', you can remove/add as many as you want, 
without having to worry about losing any data, they are just 'partial views' 
of the 'main view'.

1) Users won't be confused anymore with multiple sheets, markers on several 
timelines that mess up their CD export.
2) easy track management, just show the tracks you want to work on in a tracks 
view, and delete that view when you're done
3) convenience functions can be added to 'track views' to for example: export 
only the tracks in that view (close in functionality to current sheets), solo 
the track view will solo all the tracks in that view, giving the opportunity 
to solo listen a group of tracks, etc etc .

I think that's basically it, if you have any questions, or like to see the 
current sheet concept remain as it is, or think some use cases of it should 
remain to be possible in the new 'tracks view' concept, please let me know!!

Best regards,


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