To be clear, I’m talking about the Mixer inside Dorico, not the Halion Sonic SE 16-fixed-channel windows that come with the product.
Also to be clear, this is not an “I hate the product” msg. After a rocky start, I do like the product. I paid for it, and hope to be able to use it for some serious projects.
But to be blunt, the Dorico Mixer is just too big and clunky, and it doesn’t need to be. Almost any DAW software I can think of (my favorites being MOTU Digital Performer 9 and 2nd choice, Logic) uses far less screen real estate. Each Dorico Mixer channel’s volume slider & panpots and other affordances could easily be accomodated in 1/4 of the screen space. And yes, I think it is fair to compare Dorico to a DAW. There seem to be a fair number of users who intend to produce finished production mixes inside Dorico. That makes the product a DAW fronted by a sophisticated notation/engraving system! That’s not my workflow, but it’s an awesome idea…
I realize this Mixer was probably thrown together at the last minute to get the software into production, but this segment of the UI really needs a redesign IMHO. If nothing else, Steinberg could adapt its own Halion Sonic SE window to this purpose. I don’t like the Halion window much, personally, but it’s compact and its unusual “mixer turned sideways” design does sort of correspond appropriately to a score layout.
I’ll also mention something I mentioned in my first question to this Forum, although several people gave me a bloody nose for it: why do there have to be a fixed number of channels on this mixer? Even if there need to be a fixed number of underlying channels for some technical reason, the “empty” ones could be hidden.
Thank you - JD