[linux-audio-user] Virtual Mixing Desk

Lee Revell rlrevell at joe-job.com
Sat Jul 17 20:01:47 EDT 2004

On Sat, 2004-07-17 at 17:30, 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.

The consensus was that the mouse wheel is the only intuitive way to
control a knob with a mouse.  The people who disagreed probably don't
have a mouse wheel.


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