#381 Step-insert mode (instead of overdub)

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Currently step-record mode inserts notes over the top of existing notes, creating chords and tied notes where neccessary.

But if you want to insert some more notes somewhere in a measure, you have to move all the notes from the insert point to the end of the piece to make room for the inserted notes. This is like a text editor without an insert-mode where you would have to kill and yank all the text until the end of the document to make room for an insertion.

It would be much more straight-forward, especially from a composers perspective if an insert mode existed which shuffled all the notes in the current segment to make room.

Additionally if this mode also affected cut/paste/del/drag/etc operations, it would be much more like editing text and less like editing a binary file with a hex editor.


  • D. Michael McIntyre

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    Not a bad thing to imagine using, but developing on the other hand... I'm afraid we just don't have the manpower to consider anything like this.

  • D. Michael McIntyre

    This request caught my eye. I immediately flashed to a vision of what would happen if we implemented this. You insert a 16th note in the middle of a big composition, cause the recalculation of 10,000 things, turn 200 measures into red barlines, split and tie 500 notes (depending on options in effect). Then you insert another one, and do it all again. If you're lucky, everything ends up in some kind of sync at the end, and it's not too badly mutilated, but in practice you're not going to end up that lucky very often.

    It is what it is. This feature would not work out well within Rosegarden's fundamental architecture.

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