Hi, this is my first post on these board so I apologise if I'm putting this in the wrong area or other such novice behaviour.
I'm working on a live idea where when triggering clips in my live set, I can sweep between alternate versions with an encoder. To illustrate the basic principle say you have a track group, you have two tracks inside and you've mapped your encoder to turn the two tracks up and down with inverse values. You hit play on the track group and one they both play, move your encoder from one side to the other and one fades out as the other fades up. If you hit an empty stop clip on the group they both stop.
That's essentially exactly what I want except for the annoying caveat that group tracks don't show any kind of name, making navigating what I'm launching sort of impossible. So I started trying to get creative with some MIDI routing to instead have a track of dummy clips fire off the group track, which is hidden off to the side. It's a pretty limited approach, you can't deal with stopping by selecting an empty clip slot on your dummy clip track.
So what I was wondering is perhaps there would be a way with Max to create a device that essentially linked two tracks. Have a one track "linked" to another, so that when the first is playing a clip, the second plays the clip in that scene. When the first stops with an empty clip slot, the second stops with the parallel empty clip slot. Essentially I'd be using max to build the exact functionality of group tracks as far as playing and stopping goes (not so much the summing of audio), just I'd be able to give names to the clips on the primary controlling track.
Now I've worked with things like Bomes MIDI translator and ClyphX, but sadly have little to no max experience. So I just wanted to ask the community here if that sounds like something that's actually possible with Max? Or are their limits to the way the whole thing comes together that would make that probably impossible?
I'm not going to be so taxing as to ask someone to explain to me how to actually build such a device. But assuming it is possible, if anyone has any starting points or links to good tutorials or such for a newbie they'd like to show me I'd be greatly appreciated.
Excuse the ramble, these things are always so convoluted to try to put into words. Thanks heaps for anyones help.