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A feature request - ghostnotes in the piano roll

As far as I understand it's hard to implement simultaneous editing of multiple midi tracks in Qtractor's piano roll, but there's an easier solution, namely showing ghostnotes of other tracks in the main track, and it seems much easier to accomplish, correct me if I'm wrong? It would be great to have ghostnotes like in FL, for example.

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rncbc's picture

hi, I remember a few years ago someone was already doing some sort of this feature, over the Linux Musicians forum, it even reached to show a screenshot of sorts but i don't really know if it was a mockup or if it was for real... found it: Re: Editing several MIDI tracks at the same place ...

maybe you can add and ask there for its status?
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No. What I suggest is much simpler, just visible greyed-out notes from another tracks.

This confuses me as "ghost notes" are just notes with lower velocities.

rncbc's picture

Yes you have a point but I think that what is asked here is about "ghost" being notes from other track(s) serving as visual guides displayed in the background, possibly in a dimmed or transparent color; as said originally, the idea is allegedly borrowed from FLStudio and not from any music theory compendium ;)
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ok so like, "ghost tracks"... I see. Maybe that's interesting or maybe not as I could see that becoming a potential complex thing. How would you specify what track and what degree of contents from that track? Maybe now you want more tracks... circle back to the same questions. Just thinking aloud. I wonder if more mileage would be had by simply allowing the piano roll to select from a menu of tracks instead. Like a pulldown menu to the left of "Note On" that contained a list of all tracks. If used and a track selected, change the view to display that data. Just a thought...

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yes, if and when doable, the "ghost track" selection would be done via the pull-down/pop-up menu, which I think is like the way it's done on FLStudio.

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Again, that's not quite what I was talking about. Why not just show greyed-out notes of all other tracks simultaneously, like FL always did? It's much more basic than selecting tracks via a menu.

rncbc's picture

because there may be too many other tracks? :)

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well, FL folks seem to be content with it. Anyway, I agree that ghost track selection is a better idea for Qtractor.

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