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HELP! What do you call this Thing with a Fuzzy Name...

What do you call this "Thing" with a Fuzzy Name...

And it's something we stare at for hours at a time.

It is the "Thing" we build within a DAW's "Edit Window".. or "Tracks Area"... or on "The Grid"... or whatever a DAW calls this workspace with a timeline grid.

There doesn't seem to be a good universal name that we give to the "Thing" we build upon this grid.

Best possibility might the Song's "Arrangement"... but this is a little broad and doesn't acknowledge that it specifically resides with a DAW's virtual realm.

The convention on paper is for a song's Arrangement to exist on staff paper and be called a "Music Score"... so there IS a more exact name for a song's Arrangement when it exists on paper.

I think a more specific and universal name would be handy.. We all kind of visual this Thing in our heads as we navigate around it to work on a particular part of the "Arrangement"..

So what works... the contextually disconnected "Arrangement"?

Or perhaps something that indicates where this form of the Arrangement exists?

A Song Map?.... Clip Map?... Arrangement Map?

How about Song Grid?.... Clip Grid?.. Arrangement Grid?

Other thoughts?

Anyone even care? It just seems that there is a missing word for this "Thing" in our workflow... and it's pretty fundamental.

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Isn't it the Timeline?
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Isn't it the Timeline?
A Timeline just a part of this Thing.....

This Thing is what we create in a workspace... calling it a song's Arrangement is not incorrect, but not very contextual.

Staff paper is a workspace where a song's Arrangement can reside and we call that representation a Music Score.

So why isn't there a better name for a song's Arrangement when in takes a form that resides in a DAW's Edit Window?

It is the most visual representation of the song we are creating... and there is no good name for this particular Thing.

I think incorporating the word Map is a helpful mental construct as to what this Thing is.

So Song Map... Arrangement Map....

Other thoughts????
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In PT this is the arrangment view, in Cubase it's the arrangment window.

I don't really see the problem you would have with giving it that name.




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In PT this is the arrangment view, in Cubase it's the arrangment window.

I don't really see the problem you would have with giving it that name.

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Calling this Thing the Arrangement is still a bit broad.

A song's Arrangement when illustrated on staff paper is called a Music Score.

A song's Arrangement when illustrated on a DAW grid is called a ???

But with what's already engrained, simply calling it the Arrangement might be as good as it gets.

But funny how even calling it the Arrangement is not as universal as would be handy.
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So imagine a day in the near future when it is the norm to see Audio Regions routinely depicted as "blobs" ala Melodyne. Then the parallel between this Thing and a Music Score will be even more blatant.

And I'm not talking about notation.

And talking about the Thing becoming even more useful in its immediacy in crafting an arrangement.

So calling it the Arrangement is maybe the place to land.. even though that is still a bit broad.
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It's an arrangement.

The etymology of score tells us the term musically is derived from scratching or drawing marks on an object to keep count/keep track.

In a daw we're quite literally arranging visual objects so arrangement is the most fitting, even if it wasn't already an established musical term for doing the same thing.
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In PT this is the arrangment view, in Cubase it's the arrangment window.

I don't really see the problem you would have with giving it that name.




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Doesnt steinberg call it the project window?

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_ar...verview_r.html

I have always referred to it as the project window.
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Doesnt steinberg call it the project window?

https://steinberg.help/cubase_pro_ar...verview_r.html

I have always referred to it as the project window.
And that's not incorrect...but it may be overly broad in concept.

Getting more specific to identifying what components of a song's existence are being displayed and refined in this window leads to "Arrangement" as arguably being a better choice of word.
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Project View or Arrangement View is the container, not the contents. More analogous to Grand Staff or blank tablature. I don't know what you call the contents on their own. A polymidiwave assemblage? A song structure is more like AABB CDDD etc, so it's not that...

I would say DAW Arrangement, but that's not very creative of me.
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I would say DAW Arrangement, but that's not very creative of me.
DAW Arrangement rolled around in my head as a possibility too...but...??
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