I’m reposting this from a reply I made in the support forum as it’s more suited here.
I’ve been pondering for a while about a feature request to do with automation curves. I think it’d be a great addition if you could save any curves to a dedicated folder which could be opened from the browser. You could have a basic library of useful shapes which could be inserted/copied then perhaps have the ability to alter the amplitude and time-stretch. Maybe even have little preview images in the browser a bit like they have in Bitwig. Obviously, automation curves are often created in real time during recording which is a separate thing really, but for reusable, repetitive shapes it could be a great help. Anyway, just some thoughts – perhaps the germ of a good idea there? 🙂
In case you haven’t thought of this, here’s a cheap workaround. Create a track, load up any old instrument, open any parameter’s automation sequence and adjust size to taste. At this point you can delete the instrument. Create a number of unique copies of the sequence, however many you would like in your library. Adjust each sequence until you have a good library of starter automation shapes, then save as a template. It’s not very elegant but will do for now—
Hi, thanks for the suggestion. I tried and it works – sort of – a bit in-elegant as you say. I created a basic shape, converted it to a spline curve then saved it. However when reloading it, the nice curved shape reverts back to square bar-points. I can convert it back of course but less than ideal.
Thanks anyway 🙂
That’s weird. Here the curves remain as bezier or whatever shape chosen. Silly question, but are you saving both tracks and events as a template? Otherwise, I’m not sure what it would be. Tell you what, if you are further stumped then I can send you a copy of the template–
It’s my fault as I didn’t read your first post properly. I was using the ‘export sequence to midi file’ option in the sequence editor window, which doesn’t reload correctly. This time I created a few different 1 bar shapes on an automation track and saved as a template which does work just as you said. It’s a usable solution, but I still think it would be nice to have a library which is visible in the inspector that can be dragged onto an arrangement. Cheers for your input anyway 🙂
The way I would do it with the current Podium version 3.3.3 is to create a dedicated “Shapes” project containing my library of automation sequences laid out on tracks in an arrangement. The tracks could be named with the category of the shapes on each track. Since version 3.3.0 you can have multiple projects open, so when I need a shape I would switch to the Shapes project tab, select the curve sequence event, press copy, switch back to the work-in-progress project and paste it in.
Compared to your Inspector suggestion, this solution requires the extra step of switching between projects, but you get a very nice graphical overview of your shapes library when you view your Shapes arrangement.