[Ardour-Users] plugin ideas

John Rigg au at sound-man.co.uk
Thu Jul 10 05:10:02 PDT 2008

On Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 07:01:33PM +0100, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> 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 think it's also important to ensure that any additional "eye candy"
> >doesn't cause a significant increase in system load.
> It's nice to have the option, though.  Particularly with synth plugins, 
> where a cool-looking UI contributes strongly to "first impressions".

As long as the option to have a plain UI isn't removed. Instrument
plugins are possibly a different case. With sound processing plugins
I can't hear pretty GUIs in a finished mix, but anything that gets in 
the way of work flow or reduces DSP capacity _is_ potentially audible.


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