For 10.5 there’s now an option in preferences to have the entire mixer channels colored.
I would like there to also be an option in preferences to have only the fader section colored, and not necessarily the entire channel/rack section too.
Colored mixer fader sections brings the advantage of being easier to grab correct fader, make distinction between different channels, and bringing color coded information about channels. But - that does not necessarily mean that you also want the entire rack section covered with color stripes. It can be a bit too much of it.
Colors in the rack section can also interfere with colors used in the rack slots. I have not used 10.5 yet, but from a video it seems that it also colors e.g. the Strip slot headers in the rack, and these slot headers themselves can have different colors (if you set them up) to tell if they are active or not. The new coloring interfere with that, making it less obvious what’s active and not (since it coats almost everything - I think it should not cover color coded slot headers (or make it another preference)).
Anyway, by having the option of having only the fader section colored (and not the entire channel/rack section too), one can have a bit of both worlds. Colors where needed, but not drowning in them (even if I like how the colors seems to be subdued to be harmonic).
It would be good to also have a middle way choice, instead of a choice between all or nothing only.
As an additional option, of course.
Addition: if we have 3 color modes (dark, faders, all), then a button in the mixer itself to toggle between these color modes would be another improvement. (And also having the different slot areas more uniformly dark, also see post below).
Addition 2: it’s discussed in other threads if the mixer channel names should be colored or not. That could also be made a choice in preferences. But it should then be the subdued color to be “easy on the eyes” (the bright alternative to mirror the track list color will be in the tiny strip at the bottom in any case). Or even better, make it another preference to cater all taste (no color/subdued color/bright color).
Addition 3: Also the buttons (M/S/R/W…) around the fader section could have a separate preference too (dark or subdued color), since they are already color coded. And maybe the rack section also could be separated into the slot area and the possibly empty area below to have separate preferences. The fader value fields is another candidate for a preference.
Addition 4: Another idea is be to have an additional intensity slider to have different color intensity for the fader area and the rack area, see post below. And there should be uniformly darker color setting across the rack area, now it seems to be a bit different for different rack sections (darker/brighter). This should really be uniformed with the darker setting all the way through the rack area (and the empty area below).
It looks kinda good, but could be perfected into Mixer Coloring 2.0 with some customization.
Not super important, but the functionality is already there, so it would just be a little adapting to some preferences where you want the colors.