[Ardour-Users] plugin ideas

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at ntlworld.com
Wed Jul 9 11:46:52 PDT 2008

On Wednesday 09 July 2008 17:53:12 John Rigg wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 07:41:57AM -0300, Renato Fabbri wrote:
> > GUI implementations are really missing as LADSPA standard didn't permit
> > fancy GUIs. So this is something to start changing :o)
> I never used plugins (preferring to use outboard hardware)
> until I discovered the nice, plain LADSPA plugins with their
> easily adjustable sliders.
> I think a lot of proprietary plugin vendors fail to appreciate that a
> fancy picture of a control panel is much less useful than the real
> thing. If a plugin only allows a parameter to be adjusted by turning
> a picture of a knob with a mouse, for example, it is useless for real
> work IMO. 

I absolutely agree. Tiny little controls with barely legible numbers next to them are a waste of screen space. The GUIs provided for LADSPA plugins by Ardour are, in my opinion, just about right. No clutter, and it's easy to set things up just as you want.

> I think it's also important to ensure that any additional "eye candy"
> doesn't cause a significant increase in system load.
> John
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