Very well thought out post.
The new mixer went for a ‘clean modern’ look. But is actually less useful. I didn’t notice the shortcomings at first because I’ve got most of it memorised and I’ve been stress testing with ‘real’ projects… MY fear was that old projects would somehow be screwed up. That’s turning out to not be the issue.
But as I actually -need- to use things like meters and panners… more and more I’m seeing that it’s like an iPhone: looks cool, but SLOW. I say this as a guy who just switched to iPhone from Android.
The Android was -always- locking up. The iPhone is -much- more reliable and on the surface looks a LOT cleaner. BUT… with some practice, the Android UI is actually -much- faster for a lot of basic tasks (like… making a call!) because you’ve got separate buttons for each function–they don’t re-purpose buttons all the time (like a one-button Mac mouse).
I agree that the C6 Mixer had gotten too cluttered. But some of the solutions—which LOOK cool—are less useful… as the o/p shows so well. Well done, sir.
Make separate colour prefs for each granular object.
Replace the ‘E’ with the old separate E/C E/V buttons.
I dunno what to say about the meters and panners. Probably a TON of UI work to recode. Maybe I’ll like the meters better once I can play with the colours a bit more. Which leads me to…
WHY IN THE NAME OF JESUS IS THE IMPORT OF PREFS/SETTINGS FROM C6 SO UNRELIABLE? I think if I could’ve imported all my hard-won meter prefs, key commands and so on, I’d feel more sanguine. But having to re-invent the wheel… when I know the underlying engine is unchanged makes the pretty new screens less wonderful. It’s like finding out that the cost of yer wife’s sexy new dress provokes a yeast infection that will take a week to clear up.
Trying to keep it light and not go too far into the dark side of ranting, boys.