It took me a while do see what is behind the wish of bringing "old style lane editing". I get it now.
The trouble started with a concept that was used for something it never had been inteded for - which is on the other hand encouraged by Steinberg ("You can decide what your workflow is"). To be more concrete here one example:
The drum editor in midi encourages to have all instruments in one single midi track. for convenience this directly implies that separating the instruments by using lanes is a good idea. On the other hand lanes where originally intended to allow comping of multiple takes of the same instrument/track. Do you see where the trouble starts? It is the ambiguity of concepts that leads to confusion.
Steinberg - with cubase 6 - obviously decided to have the lanes implementation for comping in the described sense and NOT for anything else. But this was possible in the past and even handy. Consequence is that users have to adapt their way of working - use separate tracks for what they have used lanes in the past. For midi drum recording this brings the drum editor under pressure: It would need a functionality that allows immediately to edit the whole drumset in one editor instance and at the same time separate the instruments to separate tracks. currently this is to my knowledge only possible by dissolving a given part (which contains multiple instruments, i.e. note values) to a couple of tracks by note value. (Here I have the question whether grove agent - an alternative to the drum editing in the arrange window - allows to control/create multiple tracks, one for each instrument).
I personally would prefare a clean concept, i.e. Lanes for multiple takes of the same instrument and comping. Other scenarios in editing would not have to be comprised in the lane-concept.
I do understand that this is a discontinuity in the way cubase could be used in the past. And I also understand that this hurts. But I would sacrificy continuity for the benefit of conceptual consistency in this case.
Just my 2 cents worth.
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