[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts
Justin M. Streiner
streiner at cluebyfour.org
Sun Dec 2 13:05:41 PST 2012
On Sun, 2 Dec 2012, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> Bullshit. Plugins with "complex" GUI interfaces use just about the same
> amount of CPU power as the ones with "simple" interfaces.
> I don't want to use audio software that looks like a spreadsheet. Computers
> are unmusical enough, without making "creative" software look the same as
> doing your tax returns.
Just one example:
I think the folks that develop for Midas' digital mixers (under the
hood/bonnet, they're running Linux) would disagree with your eye-candy
argument, but to each his or her own :) Their interfaces tend to be
'clean' because that's what their customers want.
If other developers/vendors find that their customers want nifty-looking
plugins, so be it.
I would much rather use a plain-looking plugin that sounds good and does
what I need it to do than a flashy-looking plugin with the same
capabilities. By 'plain-looking', I mean it has working meters, faders,
read-outs and other things that show me what the plugin is doing.
That having been said, I think there is a place for plugins that look like
a piece of physical gear. It if helps someone who came up in the analog
world be more comfortable working digitally, or makes their workflow more
efficient, I don't see that as anything but a plus.
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