I had always thought it would be cool if each Marker was more like an objects… meaning they had their own Pre-Roll and their own Metronome (click) settings. After all, the ‘cycles’ are supposed to represent logical sections of a piece of music, right?
Or maybe there needs to be several new kinds of Markers… Pre-roll, Metronome, etc?
I rarely use a LOT of this stuff because… frankly, too much of it requires -study-.
[old fart rant on]
I grouse a lot about the complexity of Cubase because even if they add cool ideas like this it would need to be done in a way that’s TOTALLY OBVIOUS. There’s no point if it’s buried in a key command or 6 menus deep (like a lot of MIDI functions) or with a teeny icon.
I don’t mess about with Pre-Roll or the Metronome or Advanced Quantize or a lot of the ‘VariAudio’ or Track Presets or PLE or LE stuff much anymore because if it’s something I only use once every month, I forget about it, then I open an old CPR and it seems like something isn’t working right because I forgot how a setting works and then I have to rifle through the manual again (with it’s terrible index).
There’s a TON of features now that are -just- counter-intuitive enough that they’re more trouble than they’re worth unless it’s -one- feature you’ll personally use all the time so it becomes muscle memory. But taken in aggregate it’s all gotten overwhelming. I almost always fall back on the same tools (eg. Auto Tune or just manually setting up a ‘pre-roll’, etc.) because I literally can’t keep track of how all this stuff works anymore.
I had hoped that the ‘app’ look of MixConsole meant that SB understood this, but it seems like this was more a cosmetic deal and not a real change of -attitude-.
What has brought this all to a boil for me is that I work a lot now with young people working on web apps. And the whole paradigm of ‘apps’ is DEAD STUPID SIMPLICITY. Because mobile devices are small and the bandwidth is tiny, they demand everything be built for a 4 year old… giant buttons. no options that aren’t ABSOLUTELY necessary.
There’s a lot of new stuff in 7.0 (like the Sends section in MixConsole) that’s actually -harder- to use now.
Pre-Roll is already pretty confusing. I can easily imagine it getting even more so as ‘enhancements’ are piled on.
[/old fart rant off]
In short: I don’t want another option… any option… unless the whole underlying process is re-thought to be more obvious.