[Ardour-Dev] waveform display for master track

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Thu Nov 20 05:11:53 PST 2008

Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> 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.

taking into account the cost of developer time and the fact that most
people are perfectly happy with just creating a master track, wouldn't
the most pragmatic solution be for you to get another 10gigs of disk
space and be done with it?

if i estimate the minimum hourly rate of a top developer at us$100 (just
for the sake of argument) and assume a few of them have been reading
this thread, it probably cost the equivalent of 1-2 terabytes already.

think unix. if a problem can be 95% solved with existing mechanisms,
it's often preferrable to yet another specialised feature that does 100%
for a few users but complicates things for everybody.

no disrespect intended, but optimizing ardour for dj use is a little
like optimizing emacs for ink-and-feather calligraphy...

Jörn Nettingsmeier

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