Hi Kevin - thanks for your reply. I like the hardware idea, and for software, right clicking on a sequence or pattern part, and giving the option to copy the 1. pattern only 2. pattern plus automation 3. automation only. Then paste within the same pattern or another pattern bank. This option would seem to make it easy to be specific as well - you could enable all automations or only a few (the ones you want to copy), then copy: pattern plus automation and paste. So if you have automation written for aux 1 and filter cutoff, but only want to copy the aux send, you could do disable the filter automation, then copy and paste along with the snare pattern.
This seems like it would be possible in some way via hardware as well - press pad for sequence to copy, then press select then erase then new pad to copy pattern only. For pattern plus automation copying, press pad for sequence to copy, then press select then erase then or plus accent to copy pattern AND automation, then press another (target) pad.
That would open up whole new worlds - not only would it simplify workflow for copying a pattern part, you could apply one pattern part's automation to another track within the same pattern or another pattern in a different bank very easily. This would make it sooo easy to have whole new rhythm parts and movement without having to change samples.
PLEASE include this in 1.8!
Thanks again for addressing this! I honestly think this would make Spark TOTALLY unstoppable in terms of flexibility.