[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Wed Dec 5 05:29:35 PST 2012

On 12/05/2012 12:32 AM, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM, Adriano Petrosillo
> <ampetrosillo at gmail.com <mailto:ampetrosillo at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     User-defined channel strips, as in "you decide what to put in it",
>     meaning there is NO DIFFERENCE to normal Ardour operation, you still
>     load plugins the normal way, you still get to choose which plugins
>     to use, you still have your say on EVERYTHING, you just have the
>     OPTION (which you may want to use or not) to have some parameters
>     ready on a channel strip on the mixer, just like a "custom" version
>     of Mixbus, with your favourite plugins
> to repeat: done.
>     and a layout YOU choose to make.
> not done. and vastly more work than the first part.

well, it took me some time to see it (because i found some of the OP's 
remarks a bit offensive) but i think here adriano is pointing into a 
very interesting direction:

auto-swallowing a gui into a channel strip is next-to-impossible, like 
paul explains. but adriano talks about customizable: the user gets to 
decide the layout and what's to be included in the strip, i.e. s/he has 
to do all the hard work, not the software. good solution from a 
programmer's POV, and from a user experience POV :)

ardour3's direct parameter access comes very close already. now add an 
option to swallow meter bars (gain reduction and onset of limiting in 
particular are factors i always like to keep an eye on), and we're 
almost there. then, in ardour 3.2, add mouse-turnable knobs in a 
dual-column layout for the few remaining masochists out there, and 
that's it. some coloring options maybe to group related widgets.
then, if we bundle a basic 4-band eq and one simple compressor, we can 
present new users with a default template that looks like an ssl 9000. 
instant wow, and as soon as you have tackled the first entrance barrier, 
you switch it off and adapt it to taste.

Jörn Nettingsmeier
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