[ardour-users] what does DESTROY really do here?

Tim Mayberry tmayberr at redhat.com
Sat Jan 28 17:34:44 PST 2006

On Sat, 2006-01-28 at 18:51 -0600, David Slimp wrote: 
> Tim,
> Thanks for the reply, but I think I may have not made it clear
> as to what I want...
> I have just recorded a single audio file
> which has silence at the beginning and the end which I
> want to trim off (DESTROY), only keeping the middle part.
> I think you got the impression I wanted to keep the beginning
> and then end.... and get rid of the middle.

Yes sorry for the misunderstanding, although it is basically the same

> Ultimately.. my question is:
>      Is it possible to DESTROY the trimmed off regions of
> an audio file so they no longer take up disk space?

I think you can still bounce a selection to disk, so if you select the
time range from the region boundaries(I think we have a function to do
this) of the region you have trimmed and then bounce the selection, it
should do what you want. Although at the moment you might have to create
a new track, move the region there and bounce the selection because it
will clear the playlist and then move it back. Restricting region x axis
movement will also help you do this which should work, although I can't
remember the key binding/accelerator.

This is obviously a terrible interface for doing something that I'd
imagine is quite common if you like to work destructively so perhaps
there is another way to do it since I last tried it, or at least there
should be.

It is basically just a specialized region copy where instead of copying
just the region data you are also copying the underlying file. There is
also another copy operation that we don't do yet that is planned at
least by me that will be more disruptive to implement called cloning,
where regions share all data except for there position information so
modification to one clone will affect all other clones etc.


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