[Ardour-Users] a few thoughts
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.
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