[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 13:53:57 PST 2012

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM, Adriano Petrosillo
<ampetrosillo at gmail.com>wrote:

> So you're saying Paul and his team would be utterly crap at making the
> interface more customizable? After having coded an audio engine, written an
> audio API (Jack), they really are unable to make some adjustments to the
> GUI? If that were the case, I'd say that they either only know how to code
> in very low-level C, or they are idiot savants who excel in doing one thing
> and one thing only, that is coding a whole DAW but, at the same time, they
> are completely inept at coding GUIs.
Well two things:

1. That is very clearly trying to put words in my mouth I never said.  I
said focus on what you are good at, not that by doing so means you would be
absolute crap at other things.
2. UI design is a COMPLETELY different skillset than coding low level audio
processing.  Just because you are good with one doesn't mean you are good
with the other, which is in fact, by the way, part of why Thorsten has
given some of his time to help improve the UI design of Ardour and other
programs.  By the way this is also why many commercial software in all
sorts of fields will have UI design specialists on their team that make the
mockup.  This is why in the current website redesign for my full time work,
I just got out of a meeting with the designer, vs the programmer who I had
a quick meeting with two days ago, vs myself who has done both but I know
full well that i am not as good a designer as this guy and while I might be
able to hold my own against the programmer, I don't have time to compete
either and it isn't worth my time considering the end goal is the same:)

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