[Ardour-Dev] waveform display for master track

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Tue Nov 18 22:14:49 PST 2008

Quentin Harley wrote:
> Geoff Beasley wrote:
>> what's wrong with making the master track recordable.. wouldn't that 
>> fix this issue? Would be good to have a "mastering" track anyway... yes?
> This is exactly what I do if I want to see the waveform.  I create a 
> new track, called "Print" or "Mastering" as a tape track.  Enable 
> record, and specify the input of it to be the master bus output, and 
> disconnect the outputs.  If you change something you need only to hit 
> record on the change, and the waveform is automagically amended in 
> that area as you play though it.

Currently the track will be printed in 32bit and that can fill up space 
on the drive. Also you have to specifically record the sections you want 
to look at which takes time.

What I'm suggesting here is to automate this process with the goal to 
have very little footprint for both dev time and resources. Make it an 
option that some people can enable and hey presto there is a new feature 
for ardour that few other apps offer.

 From the discussion so far there are several methods that could be 
implemented to achieve the goal.

If a few developers spend time on it then everyone benefits in the long 

However I'm not trying to steal time away from any other 
features/requests that are in process. I'm planning to spend time and 
money if necessary to do put it in place myself.


Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd.

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