[LAD] Experience driven design and Linux Audio

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 17:31:45 UTC 2014

Hey Paul,

I agree with most of what you say, you are correct in pointing out that the
situation is more nuanced.

"until you need to use a delay to compensate for a block size delay that
you known in samples :)"

Wanted to comment on this. Right. You might want to do that. But, as I
said, the price of this one very rarely required feature, in my opinion, is
too high. Or else "delay plugin" was generally understood to be a very
different tool on Linux in general. In fact, most LADSPA delay plugins use
ms. There is an obvious cultural disconnect here :)

"the cost is that (a) the user learns very little about the underlying
concepts of the application (b) you must hide a set of options that would
just confuse first time usage but that may be critical one month in (I've
watched my son face this curve with garageband, which is partly why he no
longer uses it and is on Live instead)."

Point taken. However, I would like my point to be underlined as well - I am
saying that even in an application that has a steep learning curve there
are ways to do it even harder or more pleasant. I mean, Zyn has lots of
options. They could've been just a text file.

Also, I would like to say this - bottom line is that most apps on Linux are
not known for ease of use. And that has a systematic cause, no doubt about
it. In my view the cause is that this is mostly software done for oneself
rather than for the audience. Additionally, GUI takes a lot of time to
develop and Linux hobbyists are generally developers, not designers. That's
it, really.

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