Regarding the piano roll issue, I might be dumb here, but what is the difference between Live 8 & 9 for this aspect of note editing (apart from the midi reverse & flip tools? I am not denying you may have had problems, but I have found the piano roll in 9 quite useable, what has changed for you compared to older versions?
I hope you can get some answers & solutions to your issues.
hard snapping was removed in L9 in favour of a dynamic system which is likely to leave notes in unexpected off-grid positions. I've referred to it as "sloppy snap".
It's one of the two things that keeps me using L8. I guess it's un-noticeable to other people, but for me it's like driving with a rubber band. Imprecise and unpredictable, unpleasant. It seems odd that a basic feature like "snap" was removed, but there you go.
Oddly, and not to be contrarian, I much prefer the new "snappish" behaviour - much more like Logic's, which I'm familiar and comfortable with. I used to find MIDI editing in Live quite uncomfortable, but I find it to be much better now.A Fish Called Wanda
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