This setting would allow notes whose note-on events are outside the clip or loop boundary to sound as long as the note’s extent is substantially inside the clip or loop.
What problem(s) would this feature resolve?
Unquantized clips with adjusted boundaries may contain notes whose note-on events miss the clip or loop start point by an arbitrarily tiny amount. Currently, such notes won’t sound. Unless the player is habitually dragging, this means 50%+ of notes on the first beat, a very common occurrence.
Manual adjustment / quantization of the note-on events shouldn’t be required.
As a sidenote, the UI doesn’t reflect this condition: such notes aren’t greyed out or visually distinguished, so identifying the problem in advance may already require zooming and pixel hunting.
My suggestion is a setting similar to Note Chase, except it wouldn’t just be applied at the start of playback, but every time the playhead entered a clip or wrapped around a loop.
Since the opposite condition (a note-off event just about making it into the start of a clip) would cause unintended notes to sound, the straightforward solution would be to play notes whose extent overlaps the clip or loop region by at least 50%. If they are mostly in the clip, they are part of the clip. If they mostly aren’t, they aren’t.
Notes that wrap around a loop would play as usual and would not be re-triggered, since their note-on event wasn’t missing.
How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?
As a simple setting: Clip note chase on/off.
Is there already an alternative way to achieve this on Bitwig?
Could it be implemented using Bitwig components or APIs, without Bitwig team’s support?
Could it be provided by a VST or something else reasonably integrated with Bitwig?
Are there other products that offer this feature?
I don’t know.