[Ardour-Users] What is this button for?

Dragan Noveski perodog at gmx.net
Thu Aug 6 02:53:33 PDT 2009

Dragan Noveski wrote:
> John Emmas wrote:
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Davis"
>>> There is a lot of confusion with terminology in ardour at present
>>> connected with the use of the word "range".
>>> [...]
>>> 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.
>> Thanks for the explanation Paul.  As you say, Ardour seems to have two
>> different entities, both called a "range".  Let's call them pale 
>> ranges and
>> green ranges for the sake of distinction.
>> Firstly, my mouse seems to be permanently in "range mode" (in other 
>> words
>> I don't need to initiate this by pressing 'r').  I guess there must 
>> be a way
>> to latch and unlatch it but I couldn't find anything in the options or
>> preferences.
>> Anyway, that aside, creating a pale range works exactly as you 
>> described.
>> The "diode button" does indeed play the pale range and if I create a new
>> pale range, the new range is the one to get played.
paul, why don't we call this one a 'selection' as it is called in the 
'menu->export->export selection to audiofile' ?

>> It's the green ranges that are confusing....  I can play a green 
>> range by
>> right-clicking either of its markers and choosing "Play range" from the
>> popup menu.  The green range gets played once, without affecting any 
>> pale
>> range that already exists.  OTOH if I choose "Select range" (from the 
>> same
>> popup menu) the pale range "overlays" the green range (at least, 
>> visually).
>> The problem is that the pale range's start and end points don't get 
>> updated.
>> Therefore, clicking the diode button still plays between the old 
>> start and
>> end points which are now meaningless.
>> Also (as i mentioned earlier) it's confusing that keyboard 'r' isn't a
>> one-shot operation but seems to latch.  Therefore if you create a 
>> pale range
>> and then you left-click anywhere else on the canvas, you lose the 
>> range that
>> you just created.  Is that intentional?  I suppose you get used to it 
>> but it
>> can be quite frustrating at first.
>> John
> hallo,
> once i create a range ('r') i switch to object mode by pressing 'o'. 
> than the range stays persistent. but here, when creating a new 
> session, the mouse will be in the object mode by default. i think that 
> it is strange if in your case the mouse is in the range mode by 
> default...
> cheers,
> doc
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