Losing overview when working with containers

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Losing overview when working with containers

Is there a view where I can see the whole project in one layer? its pretty hard to blindly arrange beats in one container window and blindy arrange melodies in another window and check how everything goes together afterwards. I really wish I could somehow overlay everything at once so I can see if notes overlap or if beats are punching into notes.

I currently solve this by arranging everything in one big  layer with one instrument and then when everything works well together I seperate everything afterwards to different layers and containers. This works well with melodies but not so well with beats (even so its managable). in the tutorial videos people work with containers and everything syncs without them even looking if instruments overlap or if the rhythm is in groove with other elements. this is really hard for me just by listening without any condensed informaton at one place. is there are feature like this in synfire? 

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Sorry for my late reply.

I see how it can be a challenge at times to keep an overview. However, if what you have in mind is kind of a flat piano roll for all instruments over the entire timeline where individual Figures can be seen (or even edited), that does not exist. Mainly because it would 1) take enormous screen estate and 2) in a flattened view, editing would have to be blocked, as it's hard to tell where the Figures you see actually come from. It could be aliases, loops, nested containers, etc.

There's a simple trick to get a read-only overview, albeit it looks a bit dimmend (gray figures only):

  1. Add an empty container at top level
  2. Stretch it to span the entire song
  3. Select the container
  4. Expand all instruments inside

This might not be exactly what you were looking for, but it may nevertheless be helpful. Try it and let us know.

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Thx I will give it a try

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