peter This is not in any way a layout I would like to have. The focus of Stage Traxx will always be the lyrics display.
I think Ybanco likes what we have now its just he is suggesting the loop buttons become a standard size that are easyer to hit no matter how small or large the loops are and they are sized according to the number of loops you use . This way you can easily hit END or INTRO as they are normally very small loops and hard to hit yet are greatly needed if you are wanting to suddenly finish a song or perhaps repeat a song.
The hour glass idea is great as you can see when the end of loop is finishing , this is visually more important on stage than a waveform that has no value , a nice clear view of the name of loop is more important than a waveform in the background reducing visual clarity of the loop NAME.
A SLIGHTLY THICKER LOOP AREA so you dont miss a sudden selection or bring down the screen by mistake would also be an advantage. A simple thin volume type slider just above the loop area that moves through the whole song giving you ability to choose a point in a song and it gives you an overall idea of where you are in the song as well as acting like a safety barrier the loops buttons become a ZOOMED version of the area you are in on the above song fader position slider, this gives you very easy and relaxed feeling on stage , if you dont use backing tracks you have these facilities to use on TEXT ONLY SONGS just the same , if you dont select a timeframe of a Lyrics only song the loop area is not on screen and gives you more lyrics space, if you have chosen a timeflame , which is actually silence of a set length that has a speed just like normal stereo audio track which you can timecode the text to jump to the loop points , giving you exactly the same ability to just hit a loop button and it automatically jumps to that part of song if you choose to use play it simply scrolls through the text as normal from one loop point to the next depending on your speed setting and acts exactly like a normal stereo song without audio needed to be loaded.
I know technically what you are going to say Peter but i am pointing out what most users would benefit from and the system to behave the same in all three modes STEREO MULTITRACK AND LYRICS ONLY MODES . Once you have a clear goal in mind its most likely achieaveable.
Example, you have a song in mind to perform but you dont have time to spend to prepare it fully, but you can fudge it on an instrument and just your voice but cant remember lyrics.
You find the text on internet you create a text file , you then point this text file to ST4 , ST immediately sees this file and knows there is no such file present so it creates a new SONG that has no audio or choice if its STEREO OR MULTITRACK it just creates a BLANK TEXT SONG FILE that can only display the text and thats it nothing else, a DUMB TEXT FILE.
NOW if you choose a timeframe this song becomes a SMART LYRICS ONLY SONG , once you have given a timeframe the loop facility is enabled and presented on screen so it is basically a blank audio file with no sound that you are manipulating.
Now you simply place a timestamp on all singing parts and solo or break parts , the loop sections get created automatically for you , name and colour your loops and now you have a SMART LYRICS ONLY SONG where you can jump to any part of the text you desire you can even program chord changes in your solo and jump to that if you have other musicians with you and get instant chord progressions to help you,
If you decide later to import a backing audio of the same name of the song it simply adds the audio to this file and makes it behave exactly like stereo songs are now, this applies if you are loading a multitrack folder of the same name it knows this is now going to be a multitrack song and automatically loads all tracks within that folder in to the Lyrics only song , converts it to a MULTITRACK song and already has the lyrics for you to create new loops to suit the audio files as is now.
Now this is what i am talking about! all three ways of working are very similar to operate and work together to quickly give the user a finished product without wasting time on unnecessary steps .
Sorry Peter i got carried away again, i woke up with enthusiasm. 😂