How about "monitoring tracks" that are a bit more intentional?
I'm a bit thrown when I want to monitor various things, ie. putting in a record clip, but not having loop clips for that record clip... Maybe it doesn't need a full overhaul, but if we could just have a different colour for monitoring clips, it could really help for visual clarity (which is one of the things which I liked straightaway about ALK, ie. the clean look)... In addition to this, simply having "monitor clips" not populate the loop clip list, would actually reduce clutter.
Let me provide a use-case: say I have a vocal effect I want to loop... If I only hear it when the loop starts, then it can throw me off, and I'm surprised by the change in the vocal effect suddenly activating... So I know of a couple of ways I can resolve this:
Method 1) I can route an audio track from my mic with an effect on it out to another audio track (I like to do it this way, because then my vocal effects are printed, and I can change the effect of the input channel while the recorded loops remain as recorded)... In theory I could use record clips on my monitor channel when I want to monitor the effect, and then switch off input monitoring on the audio tracks where I want to send the mic input, effected audio to... But the auditioning system gets a bit confusing this way, & I'm not sure if I've been able to get it to behave as described above
Method 2) I create a record clip ( functioning as a dummy / monitor clip, ie. it won't ever be looped) leading up to the time when I actually want to record, where I end the monitor clip, and start a new record clip which will actually be looped... I think it could work in a more elegant way than this...
To reiterate, my two suggestions as above are 1) monitor clips look visually identical to record clips... So far green, red, blue and yellow colours are in use for clip types, so perhaps monitor clips could be purple, orange? 2) monitor clips should not populate the record clips' dropdown list... But there might be a better solution.