[Ardour-Users] What is this button for?

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Wed Aug 5 04:17:46 PDT 2009

On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 7:48 AM, John Emmas<johne53 at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dragan Noveski"
>> the button just do what it 'says' to be doing.
>> first create a range selection using the 'range' tool (simply press 'r'
>> key on your keyboard).
>> once the selection is created, you can play this by clicking the 'diode'
>> button.
> Sadly I need to go out for the rest of the day - but here's what happens on
> my system:-
> 1)  I create a range by dragging and I get 2 x range markers.
> 2)  I press the diode button but it has no effect.
> 3)  I press 'r' as you suggested but that has no effect either (i.e. the
> diode button still does nothing).
> 4)  I right-click inside the range and click 'select range' from the popup
> menu.  The selected range changes colour and each track acquires 'blocks' at
> the beginning and end of the range.
> 5)  Clicking the diode button now locates the transport to some arbitrary
> time and begins playback.
> Surely that isn't right???

There is a lot of confusion with terminology in ardour at present
connected with the use of the word "range".
This is the result of a number of different things, and is
unfortunate. I haven't yet come across a linguistic solution.

When the mouse is in "range mode" (after pressing "r"),
press-drag-release on a track will create a "range" that is indicated
by a pale white-yellowish overlay on the selected tracks. This is the
range that the "diode" button will play.

This range has absolutely nothing to do with "range markers" that
appear in the rulers.

> Cheers,
> John
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