I’ve tried this and all I could get in A2 was to stop recording for a while and continue it immediately - with Follow Playhead off this seems to be doable. If Ardour had a special function that would split the recording (without loosing any material, or leaving a short pause to keep timecodes right) like anahata wrote - it would do for me.
Why this could be useful?
I’m working on audiobooks. If you have two people in the studio, the lector, and the producer - one is reading his text, while another is sitting there and bore himself. However he could take advantage of the fact that he’ve just heard what the lector did wrong, and he sees, what he’ll need to cut-out later on, why not do it straight away? I think it could save a lot of time.
I can see having (optional) two-playhead mode. It would make one playhead for recording (red), and another one for playback (blue). This way, the lector could read on, and the producer in another room could even play back parts of the material to check if he have cut it right, without having to say “wait a second, I gotta edit this one”.
The “dirty hack” with manual restarting the record process will work for me anyway. I can sacrifice a short piece of audio that will be lost while doing this - I can restart while the lecturer is turning pages, drinking water or taking a short rest.
I don’t want to say this should be a top priority feature to do, but someday, having a (turned off by default) dual-playhead mode and the ability to listen to something while Ardour records something else - or even the ability to split a region that is being recorded without restarting the transport, could be useful.
This is rather an exotic need, and I think I’d rather support fixing bugs and making Ardour more stable and reliable than crazy-feature-rich.
Thank you Paul, for all your work!