As I recall, the original request for video support was fairly basic. Place video on the sequencer allow it to play to the timeline with its audio if any on a separate track. You then can sound design your way through the video with or without the original audio track. It is not for video editing it is for adding audio to a video.
From using Reason as an audio editing tool for Podcast's up to 1 hour and bringing 3 hour long one's down to half that time or various other times the past year. I can tell you that it is not up to scratch in that respect. In particular when splitting stereo tracks, Reason will eventually grind to a halt. Stores way too much temporary files, just 1 project with 4 voice tracks could be using up to and over 60gb disk space. If you export from those stereo tracks it can take many hours to calculate and export your edited podcast. Even when using mono tracks, which you should be doing anyway, it can still use a lot of disk space but is definitely not as bad although still could use improvements.
In that regard the sequencer needs a lot of TLC for editing audio and it would be a prerequisite to adding video support. The tools provided for editing audio are fairly adequate. What needs to be added, which will make the sequencer more effective not just for editing audio but for edited shorter tracks with and without audio, is:
- A complete color coded marker system, which the playhead can see so you can have and use cue-points.
- 1 Left and 1 Right loop marker is all there is but I'd like to be able to choose how many loop points are on the sequencer and this will also help with song arrangement, ie first or second set of loop markers can loop N times which can be reflected in the exported audio. You can use loop markers both ways i.e R-L will skip/jump that audio, however because you are limited to 1 set you have to use them very wisely. There are many points on a podcast and or tracks where you would need to check things by repeating sections, so integrating a marker system will allow you to say this marker is loop L this marker loop R and they are for edits (do not reflect what will be exported). Where pressing "1" will jump to some marker (if it is assigned to 1) and pressing some other key will jump to another. Some makers may not actually do anything they are just for notes, for instance "bridge" or "filter here"
- Removing sections of audio can be cumbersome. You can set the loop markers and right click to remove bars between, however this takes time when it is a repetitive task.
- A work around I use is you first have to do a R/L loop to skip that section, playing it by ear and changing positions of the loop markers. Were you want to remove the section you then swap R/L so it becomes L/R and remove the bars in between. To do this I usually copy the L bars and paste them into a mixer AUX label, then I copy the R and paste it to L then copy the AUX label and past it to R. A simple swap to the R/L or L/R loop markers would make this far easier.
- Multiple loop markers would make the task of editing very easy as would the addition to swap the main loop marker positions.
- Independent removal of audio per track would be a very welcome feature also, for instance if a section is removed with the above method it could only remove the audio for that track and not all the tracks.
- Better nudge.
- I'd like to nudge by sample and be able to choose how many samples to nudge by, for instance 16, 32, 64, 96 etc. You can nudge a clip position but it is limited by precision. The lowest precision being ticks, which is tempo dependant.
- Better vertical zoom for when you are editing audio in particular slicing and positioning it with respect to other tracks and or markers.
- Currently it works as an average, meaning if you have one track set to smallest and another to half it will zoom all as an average. It would be nice to be able to just zoom the selected track, in other words focused vertical zoom where there is also an option to forget that zoom when that track loses focus. A button on each track could also be selected so a user can say vertically zoom these selected tracks only. Also when you fully zoom out, making vertical zoom the smallest it will forget your zoom settings on other tracks. A default zoom per track could help there. Obviously horizontal zoom needs to work uniformly.
- Slicing audio sometimes won't slice where you hover so that too needs a better outcome.
- Bezier curves were a nice addition, however they don't work on an audio clips volume. Where you slice you do need to create a fade most times to remove the click, bezier would be needed here a lot more than it is needed for automation.
I'm sure there are a lot more sequencer request than just these few. I'd like to see these being added over any more devices but if there is more devices added I would love to see a lot more devices along the lines of Complex. I'd pick Sequencer quality of life updates and changes over Devices any day though.
It is not too much of an ask for people or things to be the best version of itself!