fireinthefishtank wrote:Lot could be solved by simply implementing more UI customization options such as: font options, font color, grid lines on/off, gradient on/off, MC work area background color, track list background color options and so on. This way the user could tweak according to taste and preference.
A whole bunch of aesthetic issues would get solved by this right away IMHO. Please Steinberg do this!
The new implementation of activate/on-off inserts requires true marksmanship. You gotta be a true Robin Hood with cursor and mouse. Serious eye - hand coordination is required. This feature will be off limits to a number of seniors I am afraid.
The Mix Console look has lot of room for improvement. I like the whole idea of clean/uncluttered design but at this stage it looks straight up campy. It wouldn't be hard to make it more pleasing to look at. I posted this mock up a while ago that I did in Photo Shop. See attached.
My 2 cents.
Thanks for posting this, but (for me) it doesn't address the real issues. Customizing the colors is great but the things I don't care for in the current mixer are...
1. The ENTIRE conceptual implementation of the EQ, Sends, Inserts areas. BECAUSE of the way the values are represented like "progress bars" ON TOP OF the numbers or text. It makes the numbers or text hard to read. The EQ section really highlights this problem (why are the "Q" parameters in gray while everything else is in green?). The blue and green "Chicklets" all over the place are distracting and disorienting. This includes the concept of turning the ENTIRE slot blue when it is activated/used, etc. I would really like to see the C6.5 implementation on this. With just a blue "button" for the state and just a blue bar BELOW the text for the send level or a green bar BELOW for the mixer parameters.
2. The Strip section is difficult for me to even use. I have to zoom way in on the knobs to even read the text or see the knob positions. Personally, it is easier just to load the effect in an insert and open the plug-in editor.
3. Trying to scroll up and down in the racks with the mouse wheel is hazardous!
4. What is the purpose of the little highlighted outline around the Solo/Mute/Read/Write buttons when my mouse is there? If it were crisp I might not mind it so much but it is fuzzy and sloppy looking.
5. The dark, non-editable background/basic colors and fuzzy text in general throughout the mixer.
To be "Fair and Balanced", I want to reiterate the things I DO like. I love the pop-up EQ curve with spectrum overlay. I like the separate master/loudness meter. I like the "Visibility" list and the "Zones" (I wish there were the ability for more "Zones" or a way to put more channel "groups" (i.e. a small gap or something).
EDIT: I wanted to add (and I think this may be the most important part of my post) that I understand WHY the big, colored slots in the sends, inserts, EQ, etc. It is for TOUCHSCREEN! SO you have a big block area to stick your finger and drag/slide the value. I have a solution to offer. You can still have the ENTIRE slot are be a "touch" control area but just display the value/level as a nice, clean, neat colored bar BELOW the text or numbers. It could even be done such that WHILE the block is being touched or adjusted, the entire block is used for the color bar but once done editing the bar is just at the bottom (again, like in C6).