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0008281features2020-07-03 16:22
ReporterjeythekeyAssigned To 
Reproducibilityalways 
Status newResolutionopen 
PlatformArchOSLinuxOS Version(any)
Product Version6.0 
Fixed in Version 
Summary0008281: Polyphonic (and stereo) import 0000001: Import to selected tracks
DescriptionCurrently, the option to import to selected tracks is only available for (several) mono-files. It appears as soon as the number of selected files matches the number of currently selected tracks.

Suggestion: Make this option also available for polyphonic (stereo or more) files, as soon as the number of channels in a file matches the number of selected tracks.
As an additional (independent) suggestion: Leave the option to import to selected tracks selected as long as the import window stays open (as it is the case with all other options); at least it should become selected again once the number of selected tracks matches (again) the number of selected files/channels in a selected file.

Reason: Currently, importing polyphonic files (e.g. from a mobile/field recorder) creates new tracks on every import. Importing e.g. multiple takes of a recording session therefore is tedious and requires several manual steps (moving up the regions and deleting the created tracks for every imported file/take).

There are two further workarounds, but one does not gain much in convenience:
A) Polyphonic files can first be split to mono-files, either using sox on the command line or by first importing to regions. But having many (6, 16, or even 32) mono files for every take is very prone to errors when manually selecting the files belonging to a take to import.
B) Polyphonic files can be added to (existing) polyphonic takes. However, polyphonic takes can currently not be converted to mono tracks. (It only creates mono-regions/sources in the list view, that later could be imported one by one from the sources list and then aligned.)

As discussed here: https://discourse.ardour.org/t/import-multiple-takes/103997/24?u=jeythekey
Tags6.0, Import, polyphonic, stereo

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Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-07-03 16:22 jeythekey New Issue
2020-07-03 16:22 jeythekey Tag Attached: 6.0
2020-07-03 16:22 jeythekey Tag Attached: Import
2020-07-03 16:22 jeythekey Tag Attached: polyphonic
2020-07-03 16:22 jeythekey Tag Attached: stereo