Based on input from some “pro” Mixbus users, I’d like to propose a new feature for the Ardour editor.
This change will likely appear in the upcoming Mixbus v4.3 release. It can appear in Ardour as well, or it can be hidden.
My proposal is to remove the “audition” tool button entirely, as it does not provide enough useful functionality. As I mention in the video, I believe it is better to use “actions” rather than tools or modes.
Here’s a short video that demonstrates the new feature:
I’ve assigned this action the “A” key shortcut, which is a very prominent key on US keyboards. This concentrates the most common actions: (E)dit, ®ange, (A)udition, (S)plit, (D)raw, (G)rab, and (Z)oom on the left side of the keyboard. ( Tab, Q and W are also important: drop marker, previous marker, next marker … although they aren’t mnemonics )
This means that the “A” key is no longer “Align regions”. I’ve moved that to the “x” key which was available, and although it’s not a mnemonic it does look like an “align” symbol if you squint.
I look forward to any thoughts that you might have!
-Ben at Harrison