I agree that having "Solo" function on several instruments at once
sounds not appealing, as it defeats calling it "Solo". It helps to
select two or three channels from rest of crowd, yes, but somehow it
doesn't help musician when it wants to select another channel to have
solo after listening to first one. He has to un-solo first instrument.
So, I gave my argument a second thought and have one interesting
suggestion.

Let's have two different modes for "Solo":
1. Normal "Solo" - In normal behavior, when another Instrument is
chosen for Solo, first instrument get's un-solo-ed (damn, not a right
word, ). This is by default and what Knut wanted by this patch.
2. Multi "Solo" - when musician wants to select several instruments
for Solo, t.i. playing them together while rest of channels are muted,
it has to hold down CTRL button while clicking on another instrument's
Solo button. It is also complements usual behavior in Nautilus and
other places where CTRL is used for cherry picking while doing
selections.

For me this feels more natural.

What do you people think about this?

Cheers.
Peter.

2007/6/18, Laszlo Pandy <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> On 18/06/07, Knut Erik Teigen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > Hello again,
> >
> > I noticed that if you have soloed an instrument, when you press the solo
> > button of another instrument, the previous instrument
> > will still have solo status. The intuitive behavior is that if another
> > instrument gets solo status, the solo status for the original instrument
> > will be disabled.
> > I've added code so that when the solo button is pressed, any other
> > instruments with solo status are "unsoloed".
> >
> > Regards,
> > Knut Erik Teigen
> >
>
> I think I remember having this discussion a long time ago, but you and
> some of the others weren't around then so I'll explain again. The
> reason for it being possible to solo multiple instruments is to make
> it as efficient as possible to mute/unmute tracks. If you have 10
> instruments and only want to hear two of them, you can solo those two
> instead of muting all eight others. 8 clicks vs. 2 clicks is very
> compelling. In this way I guess it is less of a "solo" action and more
> of being the converse action to mute, but we don't have a word for
> that so we call it "solo".
>
> Laszlo
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