[LAU] Some new things to play with

fons at kokkinizita.net fons at kokkinizita.net
Wed Oct 13 15:59:51 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 04:30:34PM +0200, Robin Gareus wrote:

> However it would IMHO be even better if the colors were used more
> consistently:
>   fi: freq related controls: blueish; gain: red; mode settings: green
>       time-related: yellow; generic controls: gray
>   linear controls could be brighter than log.

The problem with this is that e.g. a frequency control on a 
parametric EQ is quite fundamental, while the one controlling
the crossover between two reverb times is much less.

Linear/log is irrelevant to the user. What matters is that the
scale feels natural, that some essential values are marked and
exact, and that the steps make sense. For AT1 and REV1 almost
all controls are either lin or log, but other modules have quite
special control laws on some of the knobs, e.g. the compression
ratio on DC1. Even something simple like a Aux Send gain needs
an ad-hoc control law in order to 'feel right'.

> Parameters which are more commonly tweaked while the instance is running
> could be more saturated as opposed to others that are set just once. but
> making that decision is kind of tricky.

It's usually quite clear if you have some experience with
live mixing.
> I'm just curious if there's more to it than aesthetic and "local"
> consistency.

Aesthetics are important, as is local consistency. 'Global'
consistency is another matter. For example, different modules
_should_ look differentl even if the layout could be the same,
this makes it much easier to locate them in a rack. There's
nothing as boring and confusing as a cartesian grid of rotaty
controls that actually belong to different modules.

As this is all 0.1.*, nothing is fixed ATM, and since the 
layouts are generated rather than made with some wysiwyg
tool they will be easy to change and coordinate when the
time comes. 



There are three of them, and Alleline.

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