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Qtractor 0.9.11 - The Mauerfall'30 Release


Hallo!

Not making history or a revolution but as peaceful as thirty years ago ;)

Qtractor 0.9.11 (mauerfall'30) is out!

And the change-log goes as follows:

  • MIDI Instrument and patch, bank and program names are now correctly updated on their respective track-list (left pane) columns.
  • Avoid copying/replicating dirty MIDI clip files, for yet untitled/scratch sessions.
  • Transport/Backward commands now honoring edit-tail, loop-end and punch-out points, when playback is not rolling.
  • A session name (sub-)directory is now suggested on every new session properties dialog.
  • Avoid adding any extraneous clip replica when Ctrl+dragging on either of its edges.
  • When using autotools and ./configure --with-qt=..., it is also necessary to adjust the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable (after a merge request by plcl aka. Pedro López-Cabanillas, while on qmidinet, thanks).
  • Fixing a potential crash-effect in switching MIDI output buses on tracks that are set to show audio output monitoring meters, is on going still.

Description:

Qtractor is an audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

Website:

http://qtractor.org
https://qtractor.sourceforge.io
http://qtractor.sourceforge.net

Project page:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor

Downloads:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor/files

Git repos:

https://git.code.sf.net/p/qtractor/code
https://github.com/rncbc/qtractor.git
https://gitlab.com/rncbc/qtractor.git
https://bitbucket.org/rncbc/qtractor.git

Wiki (help wanted!):

https://sourceforge.net/p/qtractor/wiki/

License:

Qtractor is free, open-source Linux Audio software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.

Enjoy && Keep the fun.

Donate to rncbc.org

Comments

Hi,

first of all, I would like to thank you for spending the time creating and maintaning ( I've seen the frequency of the updates) this great application.

I have just changed to QT a few months ago, after having tried all the other midi sequencers available for Linux for quite some time now. They all have pros and cons, but there has been some changes in my workflow and have found QT to be the most appropiate for it.

I make music using a syntheziser and record the midi data to QT with it. I don't draw the notes on the clip (although that would be handy in case the keyboard was not available), but I do open the clip window often to check what I've done, and occasionally, correct mistakes or adjust some notes when not using quantization.

I version 9.10, there was a nice improvement (remembering clip window position) I've been wishing since day one. But although the window state is now saved, I still find myself re-adjusting things like, zoom level, rezising the piano pane, hiding the velocity panel (it shows up everytime the window is re-opened). I have to do this every time the session is opened.

In other words, everything seems to be remembered during the session (except the velocity panel state). But when the session is re-opened, only the clip window state is remembered. Everything else inside that window is reset. I also noticed that the clip window is relocated a few centimeters above the bottom of the screen (where I had placed it). That appears to be exactly on top of where my system task bar would be (I have it hidden to save space).

I wonder if this is the current behavior or if its happening to me only. The correction of this would make the process more enjoyable.

Another thing that I would like to request is the posibility to make all those clip windows settings to apply to all the clips belonging to the same track. Every time a new clip is created, the settings have to be redone and I often find myself replacing a clip with a new recording, or recording different takes.

Making the "escape" key able to close the clip window would be very handy. And lastly, when I changed the shortcut for the "zoom in" function, it only applied for the main window and not for the clip window.

This is it for now. I'll be giving more feedback as I go deeper into the functionality, if you don't mind.

QT has potential and I'm very greatful it exists.

Thanks again!

rncbc's picture

hi, thanks for stopping by, you're of course welcome!

...I still find myself re-adjusting things like, zoom level, rezising the piano pane, hiding the velocity panel (it shows up everytime the window is re-opened). I have to do this every time the session is opened...

yes, you're right: only the window position and size are saved on a per clip basis; all other are set application global; however, the left piano keyboard and the bottom velocity panes are both fixed--you can change its size and visibility but they will be always reset to original hard-coded defaults whenever you open the clip editor anytime later... all of these may see the light, say eh... soonish? :)

...the clip window is relocated a few centimeters above the bottom of the screen (where I had placed it)...

this one has more to blame on your desktop environment than to qtractor itself, for which it doesn't know a thing about it to help you in that matter, sorry :)

...make all those clip windows settings to apply to all the clips belonging to the same track...

that would unnecessarily complicate things a bit: let's just keep it all on two levels:
1) application global as is now saved as user preferences;
2) and individual clip level, saved to session file and defaults to the latest current in 1);
besides window position and size, which are already taken care of, the clip editor settings/preferences that we're talking are:
- zoom levels;
- piano keyboard left-pane width;
- velocity/event values bottom-pane height;

...making the "escape" key able to close the clip window would be very handy...

nope. the "Esc" key has an already very specific task on the UI since day one: cancel any floating selection and/or pending editing operation; and that will remain like so, sorry.

...when I changed the shortcut for the "zoom in" function, it only applied for the main window and not for the clip window...

that's because the Main tracks and the MIDI clip editor windows have their own and distinct shortcut set; you may check on their respective Help > Shortcuts... menus; so, if you wish to use the same keyboard shortcut for both you'll just have to set it on both places.

hth.
cheers && thanks

ps. please always try to refer to QTractor by it's full name; while QT is for the software toolkit/framework upon which it's built ;)

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