[LAD] So what do you think sucks about Linux audio ?
ladev3 at jrigg.co.uk
Sat Feb 9 11:16:48 UTC 2013
On Sat, Feb 09, 2013 at 12:03:41PM +0300, Louigi Verona wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 2:29 AM, John Rigg <ladev3 at jrigg.co.uk> wrote:
> > To be fair I wasn't really slagging off Windows and Mac users. Most pro
> > audio
> > engineers are using those after all. I'm just bemused by the attitude that
> > audio processing tools should be anything more than that. Pretty pictures
> > and dumbed down control ranges don't help me make better mixes, they just
> > get in my way.
> But why instantly "dumbed down"? Or are the generic LADSPA controls so
> I think beautifully down interface adds to the inspiration as opposed to
> that all looks like coding examples.
By "dumbed down" I mean restricted in a way which may result in
inexperienced users making fewer mistakes, but will also inconvenience
more advanced users. An example of this would be a high mid EQ that won't
sweep above 8kHz. What if I need to EQ 12kHz? There's some excuse for this
kind of thing on analogue hardware, as component cost has to be kept down,
but in a plugin it's totally unnecessary.
Another pet peeve is lack of a text entry field on controls, as it makes
it difficult to set a parameter to an exact amount. Even worse are detented
controls. What if I need an intermediate setting? The reason for detents on
analogue hardware is for repeatability of settings, but it's totally
redundant in software, unless the developer has neglected to provide
I will stress that I'm talking about audio engineering tools, not music
creation software here. I do appreciate that users of the latter have very
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