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Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old tip?)

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Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old tip?)

Postby mhschmieder » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:26 am

My apologies if this has been documented previously in a tips section or a discussion, but surely I'm not the only person who didn't know about this DP feature (whether it is new or old):

If you have a sequence selected in a project in Tracks View, and go to the Chunks window, double-clicking on a different chunk will bring up that sequence in Tracks View in a new panel atop the other sequence/chunk.

That is as far as it goes; clicking in either panel on another tab effectively brings you back to single sequence/chunk mode, with multiple views on the same sequence/chunk.

But no matter; being able to load two chunks atop each other in Tracks View is EXTREMELY useful for comparing and copying track layouts and/or even copying cues, MIDI, etc. between chunks with everything neatly lined up visually.
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Re: Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old ti

Postby Armageddon » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:01 am

This is actually a small thing, but it's something that always frustrated me about DP. Every other DAW or sequencer I've ever used (and why I'm used to working this way), you've always been able to open multiple sequences simultaneously. Obviously, in DP, you arbitrarily close out a sequence when opening a new one. Why would you even need to do that, you ask? Well, in my case, it's usually because I need to copy a MIDI track, sometimes, even multiple MIDI tracks from one sequence (or DP project, if you will) to another. You can kind of do that by opening the original project, copying the track, closing it out, opening the destination project, create a new MIDI track and pasting the contents of the original MIDI track you copied into it, but it would definitely be easier to just have both sequences open simultaneously. Never even thought about the Chunks scenario. Just goes to show you, everything you want to do in DP is probably there, it's just not always obvious.
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Re: Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old ti

Postby Tobor » Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:40 am

And you probably know that if you want to toggle between sequences without having to load them you can just select the other sequence from the window top left of the TO window and the other windows. Almost the same thing when wanting to compare or copy MIDI data, etc.
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Re: Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old ti

Postby philbrown » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:25 am

Just be sure to keep track of which Chunk you have play-enabled! That one has gotten me a couple of times.
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Re: Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old ti

Postby stubbsonic » Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:55 am

You can also load chunks (with or without audio) from other projects into the current project using the LOAD... command from the file menu.
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Re: Neat trick for opening and comparing 2 sequences (old ti

Postby mhschmieder » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:29 pm

Yeah, but that's entirely unrelated. I use the Load feature all the time when combining standalone legacy sequences into multi-sequence projects, or when moving a sequence to another project after it gets repurposed (for instance, a "personal" composition that gets requisitioned for a soundtrack or a jingle or website audio).

Good tips all, though. Sometimes it's the little things that save us the most time in the studio.
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