Mark Bliss wrote:Geez, seriously! Nothing personal, but why does how the mixer LOOKS really matter?
Since the guy with the customized forum avatar asks....
Why would my DAW, something that every musician who comes to my home studio winds up staring at, be a thing where aesthetics don't
Everyone who comes here comments on the appearance of the cool wrap on my vintage drum kit, the look of my guitars, Hammond organ, custom amplifiers, etc. Are they supposed to just ignore what's on the computer screen? Software reviewers sure don't.
Ever attend a concert by a symphony orchestra? How about one with a pianist? Did you notice how the outside of everyone's instruments seemed nice and shiny, when it's only the inside of the instrument that matters as far as the actual creation of the sound?
It's accepted by a lot of people in the musical equipment industry that the appearance of the tools musicians use to make music has an effect on the enthusiasm we bring to the process. I know that if I like the way a guitar looks I am more likely to play it. It also has an effect on how audiences perceive performers. Anyone looking over my shoulder while I am doing what I am doing with Mixcraft might not understand anything else, but they see right away that the tracking window and the mixing window look like they are from two different eras design-wise.
I spend hours every week, maybe every day, staring at Mixcraft. I want its appearance to inspire me. My friend's son brought his Macbook over and was working with Ableton making some EDM, and it looked great, it just looked exciting and inviting, like this was a program that you could do fun and cool things with. Mixcraft's tracking window looks good, too, it looks like it's supposed to, hey, look, you hit the Record button and start recording! Mixcraft sells simplicity and ease of use, easy learning curve.
But the mixer lags behind, IMO. There is needless clutter. Those woodgrain endpieces take up screen room. Design-wise, fashion has moved beyond software mixers imitating the look of hardware mixers. IMO, real estate and drawing responsiveness are more important than 3-D knurled knobs with shadows. That's one of the reasons that Meldaproduction is my favorite plug-in house. Their UI's are very utilitarian, very much "built for speed."
To make a start, there wouldn't even be that many artwork changes; I count about 6 (EQ and Send knobs, woodgrain endpieces, slider knobs) that if they were just flattened a bit and/or colors subdued would go a long way toward modernizing the appearance. I can't speak for Acoustica, but that doesn't seem like it would be a huge drain on development resources.