Preference option to add Insert Device COMPACT

(First time? See Writing a good feature request)

Would love to have a user preference setting that would set the default behavior when inserting a new device in the devices panel. Currently, when adding a device, it is the standard ‘square’, displaying the top setting knobs. When I’m using mostly 3rd-party plugins with an interface, I open and use the interface itself, and often collapse the device panel entry to allow more of them to show. This is especially helpful if I’m testing out or using many plugins on a track to compare effects, or quality of the plugins, and need to quickly switch different ones on/off, without having to scroll. It would be very cool to have a setting that would, by default, insert a new device in the device panel in its most compact (collapsed) format.

What problem(s) would this feature resolve?

It would ease the use of 3rd party plugins when the supplied interface is used directly, and make it easier to access various FX in the panel without scrolling.

How does this feature fit in Bitwig as a product?

It would be one of the first in (hopefully) forthcoming UI and behavior options added to the Preferences panel to change various aspects of Bitwig behavior.

Is there already an alternative way to achieve this on Bitwig?

Yes, manually collapsing every new/existing device entry by double-clicking on it and optionally selecting the right-click option “Save as default preset” so that every time that specific device is loaded, it’s already collapsed.

Could it be implemented using Bitwig components or APIs, without the Bitwig team’s support?

Doubtful, but this should be fairly easy to implement.

Could it be provided by a VST or something else reasonably integrated with Bitwig?


Are there other products that offer this feature?


Relevant links (optional)

Learn something new every day! The preference requested would be global for all devices.