[linux-audio-user] Virtual Mixing Desk

Chris Pickett chris.pickett at mail.mcgill.ca
Sat Jul 17 17:22:24 EDT 2004

Chris Cannam wrote:
> On Saturday 17 Jul 2004 9:46 pm, Jonathan Segel wrote:
>>>consider returning to some sort of sliders, they're far more
>>>convenient in a GUI, since their movement follow better the
>>>movement of the mouse.
>>i'm betting that the way it actually is manipulated is that drawing
>>a straight line with the mouse up or down turns the knob [...]
> Oh no!  This subject has just been the subject of a 200+-article 
> flamewar (sorry, I mean constructive discussion) over on LAD.  Are 
> sliders always better than knobs, or do knobs have their place?  Is 
> it better to operate knobs linearly, or with a rotary mouse motion?
> As far as I could tell there was absolutely no consensus, though it 
> was fairly widely agreed that (i) neither is perfect, (ii) most 
> people with an opinion have a _really strong_ opinion, (iii) it would 
> be nice to have consistency about things like which mouse operation 
> resets the control to its default, and (iv) people like arguing about 
> this stuff.
> I'm keeping my own opinion out of it this time.  Arnold, I suggest you 
> try them both out thoroughly in a real world situation, pick the one 
> you prefer to use, and stick to that.

Is there a problem with giving the user preferences to control it all? 
If done for all apps, seems like a good way to get consistency and also 
give users what they want.


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