My natural home is N4.3 - there is nothing in N5 which I need at present. So I got C6 to try out the new features which will be coming to N5.5.
This week I was editing multiple drum takes in C6. In general the new C6 lanes and edit system is a welcome upgrade to the old one. But I REALLY hope that when it appears in N5.5, the GUI is better than the present C6.
So what’s wrong with C6 in this respect?
Firstly, the waveforms are less detailed. At any given zoom factor, there is much less detail. The waveforms look ‘dumbed down’.
Secondly, the colours, or lack of them. A part/event is light grey with black waveform (unless you have it tinted with a colour). When selected, this is reversed - black part, white waveform. This would be OK, though it’s unsubtle to say the least. It hits you in the eye, but it’s usable.
Thirdly, I don’t like it that the handles are invisible until you hover over them, instead of visible on the selected part.
The big problems start when parts in Lanes are overlapped (not very visible diagonal hatching), active/not active (at the top and therefore audible or underneath) - different shades of grey) or muted/unmuted - yet different shades of grey.
It is VERY hard to distinguish between these different shades of grey. After 1/2 day my head hurt and I was getting in all kinds of mess with overlapping/active/inactive/muted/unmuted parts.
It is really a mess and badly needs a re-think. It’s a great pity because the actual functionality is really good and well thought out.
There is also a problem at present (listed as a bug I think) which prevents parts in Lanes from Bounce Select. This makes editing/comping Lanes even worse. Presumably this will be fixed by N5.5.
The whole C6 look is cool, but it is harder to see what’s going on - buttons are white when On and background colour when Off. For some reason, this is less intuitive than previously.
I’m posting this here because I want to get N5.5 when it comes out and I really hope the GUI is better than C6.