[Ardour-Users] A few suggestions...

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Mon Jun 11 06:19:07 PDT 2018

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 8:49 AM, Cameron AS <thecamcordernest at gmx.co.uk>

> Hi!
> I've been studying music production for the last couple of years (using a
> college laptop with Windows and Cubase on) and the course is now
> approaching its end. I was also recently persuaded to switch to Linux (as a
> result of a hard drive failure) and I've been surprised by just how much I
> enjoy using it compared to Windows. That being said, there was always one
> teething issue I had with Linux: it's lack of support for music production
> software!
> But then I found Ardour, so thank you for fixing that issue in a
> feature-packed and professional way! If it wasn't for Ardour, I would still
> be using Windows!
> I just have a few feature suggestions:
> 1: It would be very handy if keyboard shortcuts assigned to actions could
> appear next to them in context menus and buttons, as I opened the keyboard
> shorcuts window and found many shortcuts I didn't even know existed! If
> it's too hard to program, don't worry about it, but it would make finding a
> faster way to work much easier.

We can't do it in buttons (at least, not easily). I think that it ought to
work for context menus but for some reason does not. Might be worth looking

> 2: To edit MiDi files, I select a MiDi track, then press 'z' to enlarge
> that track to its maximum setting, before going to the Track Menu > Height
> > Normal to reset its size. This works very well, but it would be great to
> be able to skip that last part and simply press 'z' again to reset its size
> (there could maybe be an option in the Preferences to change the default
> reset size [small, normal, large...]).

​Shift-z​ (visual-undo)

> 3: There are a lot of options for the grid size in Ardour. So many, in
> fact, that it can be a bit overwhelming changing the setting. Could you
> maybe rearrange the grid menu in some way? Maybe even order each type of
> snap into columns? This isn't very important, but it is just a bit
> confusing to open the menu and see so many options.

​This has been significantly changed in our development code. Probably not
worth thinking about much till you see the new version.​

> 4: The automation can be a little difficult to center without resizing the
> automation panel, so I wondered if there could be an option in the
> preferences to set each automation point, when it's created, to the top,
> middle or the bottom of the panel by default?

​Not sure why this would be useful ...​


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