The ergonomics of multi-clip editing aren't really there, though, at least in Bitwig. Editing multiple, layered clips with identical content means that any single-click/drag operation that isn't initiated with a drag-selection (to select all notes from all layered clips) only affects one layer, and you can't create new notes across clips except by duplicating existing ones. I've tried this approach, but it's very clumsy and a far cry from editing a single clip and having other clips just mirror those edits.
Is this (multi-clip editing) solved better in Live, btw? Haven't used it for too long to remember.
So far, so good. What happens if I change one of those clips, will the app remove it from its remembered list of duplicates? If not, the list of duplicates for most of my clips would be VERY similar to the list of ALL of the clips on any given track. Never underestimate the repetitiveness of some kinds of music. If you make a rap beat and go too crazy with the variations, rappers will complain at you.Where multi-clip editing is currently deficient, is in selection. So there could be referencing like aliased clips. If I make say 6 duplicates of a clip, the app remembers that they are duplicates. Alt-double click on a clip opens the multi-clip editor with all duplicates listed and selected.
Caveats apply, as mentioned above.Fast and easy to edit.
But with aliased clips you'd just unlink the one clip you don't want to edit – and you'd do that right in context in the arrangement view, not in a detached sidebar where you have you match numbers to find the clip you want to exclude: I don't see the rigidity you mention.Then, if there is one clip I don't want to change in the group, I can just deselect that one clip and edit the rest... which you cannot do with aliased clips cause they are rigid all or nothing.
FWIW, I've never personally come across this issue using patterns/aliased clips in practice. Normally when you use aliased clips, you do so consciously and make them work to your advantage. The aliased clips are like the app remembering things for you, and you tell it exactly what to remember. It's probably just different workflows and "creative brains", but when I used FL, I never spent any mental energy "keeping track" of patterns. I just worked with them.Also, because the multi-clip editor would list the duplicates and which ones are selected, I have a visual indicator of it so am less likely to edit by mistake.
That ability could still exist with aliased clips. In general, I find multi-clip editing to be most useful for clips with differing content, as the overlapping notes of almost-identical clips make it really hard to see what's going on.And if I edit one of those clips separately, I can still edit the whole group together as needed which is again more flexible than aliased clips.
But you do have that step, just in a different place.Again, I am not saying aliased clips have no useful aspect. But I think what I am suggesting is more useful... more flexible and less prone to error. You never have the step of having to unlink clips.
In general I think your idea has its merits and could be a starting point for a good solution, even if it doesn't really cover all the aliasing requirements I'd expect. I do appreciate the constructive spirit.
I did prefer your earlier suggestion for something more similar to Reason's Blocks, which I hadn't thought of before. They could map really well to Live's/Bitwig's scenes.