Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

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concentrate
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Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

Post by concentrate » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:20 pm

I frequently want to copy a piece of audio and place it where I have something else, but in order to do that I need to delete what is already there.

For example if I want to fade the transient on all of my snares I can just fade the transient on one snare, then run across the track copy and pasting that one faded snare where the other ones are to replace them.

The way I usually want to do this is just to hit Command C to copy that one piece of audio, then select and hit command X to delete the other audio clips as I go along then pasting in it's place. The problem is when I highlight an audio clip then hit command X, subsequently when I hit command V to paste where I just deleted it now pastes the audio clip I just deleted using Command X.

I know I could just hit delete but command X makes more sense for me because you can delete only a portion of an audio clip with the key command, versus the delete button will automatically delete the whole clip.

How can I stop command X from copying the thing that I delete so I don't have to keep returning to that one piece of audio and copy it over and over again?

Thank you!

justanametouse
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Re: Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

Post by justanametouse » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:54 pm

CMD + X is traditionally a "cut" function in computing. It doesn't delete an item so much as it removes it, stores it, and can then be pasted elsewhere.

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Re: Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

Post by concentrate » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:02 pm

Damn so I'm guessing because ableton's key commands can not be altered by the user it's not possible to disable the store function of CMD + X, yeah?

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Re: Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

Post by stringtapper » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:33 pm

concentrate wrote:Damn so I'm guessing because ableton's key commands can not be altered by the user it's not possible to disable the store function of CMD + X, yeah?
Changing the key commands wouldn't have any effect anyway. The inherent function of a "cut" command is going to be what it is (copy contents to clipboard and delete original) regardless of what key combination the application is using to initiate it.
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Re: Keyboard shortcut: why does command X override command C?

Post by jestermgee » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:22 pm

Delete should allow you to just delete what is selected including if you have an envelope?

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