Inputs and multiple tracks
In the process of recording with Ardour, I do what most people probably do: Start with a track, record it, then create a new one and overdub, over and over. I have Ardour set to auto-connect track inputs to the hardware ports.
All of that works fine. However, the more tracks I add, the more tracks end up sitting there hooked to the physical input ports. If I get to, say, 12 tracks, I can't play an instrument while Ardour is running with the transport stopped. If I do, the output from the instrument goes into all the inputs of all the previously-recorded tracks, and it comes out of the speakers loud enough to rattle my neighbors windows. This obviously doesn't happen when the transport is running.
It's obvious what my problem is; I'm not disconnecting the inputs of already-recorded tracks before I start recording new ones. What I'm wondering is if there's an option that doesn't require me to do that. If there was some kind of option that says "Tracks should only record from inputs if they're record-armed" or something, that would seem to solve my problem (which isn't a problem with Ardour). I haven't seen anything like that, so I think I must just be going about it wrong. Suggestions?