I am hoping that some basic editing can be added, such as beat slicing, bit crushing, fad-in, fade-out, time stretching. I don’t meant that Podium should have tons of stuff and take the place of external editors, but it would be great if it could do the basics as far as messing with sounds, and save the edited version as part of the project automatically if desired. That way I would be able to not have tons of edited versions of samples piling up, and have to keep track of them. I am lazy perhaps, but I would really like to be able to right click on an audio sample in the arrangement, open the editor, and totally mess with the sound, click on save changes, or whatever, ( a dedicated button would work nicely ) to drop it back in where it was with the changes, and just keep working, instead of having to use something external and import it afterwards into the project to replace the normal version. Does that make sense to anyone?
Beat-slicing is already on the plan. I’ve now added more simple edit functions like fade-in, fade-out to the plan.
Editing sounds in Podium are handled a little differently than some other hosts. Any destructive edits to the waveform are not performed on the original wave file. Even recording into a sound is not stored in the wave file initially. All modifications are stored in temporary cache files. Only when you select to save any changes to a sound will the wave file be written to. So if you make modifications to a sound and you want to preserve the original, you should select the ‘save as’ menu for the sound object. When afterwards saving the project, the name of the new wave file will be used as reference in the project.
A couple of years ago I considered making the Podium project file format as a database which could embed wave files. I decided against this as I found there were too many drawbacks to this approach.