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Old 06-09-2022, 06:58 AM
GCScott GCScott is offline
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Default Focus Workstation From Pro Tools

We've found a couple of funnies with Focus Workstation of Attention track. Just wanted to flag in case you aren't aware or know of any workarounds.

In this example, I have two machines A and B assigned to one Master module. Both sessions have 500 tracks each.

PT version 2021.12, S6 version 2021.10.1.29

Firstly, we can't seem to get 'Focus Workstation of Most Recently Attentioned Track' to work when selecting the track in pro tools (with a mouse and keyboard) until the surface has recognised or seen that track. Whether the track has been built into the root of a layout and recalled or after having spilt the track from a VCA within a layout. Once the surface has seen the track once, it remembers and 'Focus Workstation of Most Recently Attentioned Track' works as intended when selecting tracks/plugins/etc in protools. Our workaround for this is to build a layout with all tracks in, load that up once session has booted, bank through all tracks within that layout, then continue as normal. This allows for the s6 to 'see' all tracks and remember for future focus purposed. Does this sound familiar?

Secondly, the S6 seems to only remember the last 450-ish tracks it has 'seen' or 'recognised'. This is proving troublesome as both of our sessions have 500 tracks so even when using our workaround to 'see' all tracks from WS A, once we do the layout for WS B, it forgets all tracks that were in WS A and 'Focus Workstation of Most Recently Attentioned Track' doesn't work for WS A. If we reduce the track count to 300 on each WS, it will remember 300 of WS A and then only 150 of WS B. It will always remember the last 450 tracks seen on the surface, so it does seem pretty fluid, as though there is some form of a cache. Do this also sound familiar?

Or our second workaround is to have two permanent faders up on the S6, one for WS A and one for WS B and Focus Workstation by attention-ing the WS we'd like to work on, then select the track in Pro Tools that we'd like to actually attention.

These might be solved with preference changes but we've tried all that we think are relevant to no avail.
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Old 06-13-2022, 06:12 AM
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Default Re: Focus Workstation From Pro Tools

Feel free to PM me with more specific data, details, and logs so we can get to the bottom of this. Thanks.

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