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Suggestion for improved audition of styles:

I find the user interface very inefficient when it comes to audition the different styles in order to try and find best match to what I hear in my “Head”. The method of search, select another play, select another, play etc. is very inefficient to me.

Here is a simple suggestion for improvement that I would think should not require much effort to implement.

1. Mark up and select the styles for audition:
- Allow mark ups, i.e. multiple selections of styles in the style picker list. Could be individual selection of styles in the list or a markup of chunks of styles.
2. Audition the marked up styles from the list automatically one by one (i.e. play styles from my chord sheet)
- add a new option to automatically step and play the next style in the marked up list.
(4 bars is ok, but it would not hurt to be able to enter the number of bars to use)
(to use the styles default tempo is ok, but it would also be useful to be able to set one tempo that all styles in the list would be audited against)

And why would I need this? – It would save me so much time not having to sit glued to my PC selecting and playing every style individually. I can just make my search and mark up the styles I am interested in and then audit the styles automatically against my chrords like a Play List, doing something else while I am listening.

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+1 agree
a playlist or ability to create a collection(form of grouping)

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I definitely would use a feature where a number of styles could be pre-selected for auditioning.
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Do I understand this correctly?
1. The user would checkbox all the styles that are to be auditioned.
2. The desired number of bars to be played are specified (which might be all of them) from your chord sheet.
3. Finally, you click "Audition", sit in your favorite chair and listen as each style is played one by one automatically.

If this is the idea, I like it.


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I like that idea too. We have a kind of double-edged sword: on the one hand we have an awesome huge list of Styles and can create our own, but on the other hand it can be very onerous to search for a particular style. Anything that speeds up that process is a worthwhile step forward.

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Oh yes, great idea!

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FWIW, as the styles are just .wma files, it's quite feasible to make such playlists in media players that support .wma. Obviously that's a lot different from having the means built-in, but it may help in some circumstances.


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Made this proposal in the style picker thread - but thought it fits here too - as its related..

Hello biab fans - As I have big issues with my > 4000 styles and songs and 100s of realtracks ..
I have following proposal - which would be really easy to implement ..


Selecting and Prelistening + RANKING of songs / styles / realtracks
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- its nice to have features like the pickers but as all of us use whether keyboards (computer or others), midi switches like stream deck or others, or midi footswitches
- with having 1000s of songs/styles and even realtracks its soooo hard to find your or MY favorites and also maybe also dont see others ..
- so lets introduce a ranking combined with setting as favorites

a) when in any picking dialog - you are already able to navigate via computer keyboard keys (up + down) this is very nice.
But on the other hand its not really useful as to start and stop playing I need to use the mouse (not nice) and am not able to set as favorite - though this is the best way to prelisten + rank your favorites

b) so if we add the typical DAW function aka SPACE to start and stop and S for SOLO (toggle between band and solo + start if initial) in realtracks dialog

c) then we have the possibility to add to favorites via KEYS 1 to 0 while the row marker is located at a row in the list
- the initial value is null aka empty which equals 0 = no favorite
- the 0-9 keys add or change the initial 0 to a rank - aka favorised - but not only a binary 0 1 or yes no - but a rank 0-9
With this featureset we are able to rank sooooooo fast ..
Esp. if you then even add this as a column - and we can sort by ranking (next to filter)
Means we have jazz styles only 1 or 1-3 or all
This way its soo easy to structure even in sets.

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With this method you can
- select your favorites and even rank them
- do a sort of grouping (if you sort of redefine what 1 or 2 means ..
- so you can use 1 to 5 like starts and 6 to 9 like used in song or whatever

I guess in a brainstorming we would easily find like 10 or more additional uses or categories for players, producers for each rank level

At some point we can even introduce an individual naming (means could set or changed by us as users) like
0 = NO FAVORITE
1 = *
2 = **
3 = ***
4 = ****
5 = *****
6 = IN WORK
7 = USED IN MY SONGS
8 = NEEDS WORK

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As a software engineer I know this function would take me a day max 3 including testing,
and it creates such a big value esp as our libraries get bigger and bigger every year


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You can make all kinds of lists of styles in the Stylepicker , we call them style categories.
Right click on a style to set one up, or add to an existing one.


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