[LAU] ZynAddSubFX Usability Survey

Louigi Verona louigi.verona at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 09:41:20 UTC 2016

Just want to add something to what I already wrote.

Do not try to accommodate all use cases! There is no software package
(apart from several of the "free software" ones) that do this or should do
this. Trying to make software that works for everybody might result in
software that works for noone. So, I would, for example, totally exclude
the use case of live performance. A complex soft synth is not a live tool.

Also, I would suggest sticking with one decision and not adding huge amount
of options "for all those other use cases". This is the problem of many
free software projects. If you decide to go for single window, stick with
single. If you go for multi window, stick with it as well.

And again, apart from asking opinions of this, I must say, very small
community, reach out to people who use other synths, talk to people at KVR,
for example. Make sure that if you go multi-window, for instance, this is a
well thought out decision and not a "free software tradition" (not saying
that multi-window is not an option, although I personally know of no well
established synth that has multiple windows).

By the way, a case that you might also consider - are you thinking of Zyn
only in terms of standalone software or also a plugin inside a DAW? If it
is inside a DAW - is it a good idea to have multiple windows? How will the
synth look in side a DAW?


On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM, Lorenzo Sutton <lorenzofsutton at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> On 28/04/2016 15:11, Mark McCurry wrote:
>> Hi there linux audio users,
>> ...
> As a next major step for the project is a full rewrite of the UI, replacing
>> the current junk-drawer of knobs with a much easier to navigate and
>> explore
>> interface based off of a mockup by Budislav Stepanov [1][2].
> Thanks for sharing. It's always nice to see activity and new ideas in the
> Linux Audio world :)
> This UI will be a single window design, which will be resizable, present
>> more
>> consistent means of interaction, present more interactive views on
>> synthesizer
>> data, and be built with touch interfaces in mind.
> I have also filled in the survey and explained this more detail, but IMHO
> single-windows is a major step-back. As much as single-window designs
> dominate Windows and Mac (and maybe look nice in screenshots), I strongly
> believe that multiple windows are much more usable, flexible and productive
> for complex applications like this.
> Please reconsider such a major UI design choice!
> My two cents.
> Lorenzo.
> PS: Disclosure. These days I'm using Yoshimi more than ZynAddSubFX,
> nonetheless I hope input is useful/helpful/welcome ;)
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Louigi Verona
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