Just to clarify here – we are talking about ‘skipping’ steps right? i.e. the sequencer ignores the step altogether as if it doesn’t exist… muting afaik is the same as ‘toggling’ i.e. turning the step off – but it is still counted as a step (just one that doesn’t trigger anything) – i think some people may be a little confused because of the terminology and thread title.
The old len encoder stuff was a little bit handy to have for quickly changing the track length, but i think it’s much better as it is now changing the LEN factor – mostly because the track length stuff can be done pretty easily/quickly anyway by selecting x steps and skipping them whereas the increasing the LEN factor of a track would be very tedious (i assume you would have to go through step by step and increase the LEN)