Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction

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Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 8:51 pm

On Tue, 2010-09-07 at 22:35 +0200, Olivier Guilyardi wrote:

> That said, I reckon that adding a few knobs here and there looks cool :) It can

I've said this all along - "photorealistic" GUIs for softsynths *aren't*
pointless eyecandy. How the app looks materially affects the way we
respond to it and how we perceive its behaviour. In an informal and
not-terribly-controlled experiment, I set up three versions of nekobee.
All had identical voice engines, the only difference between them being
the knob and background pixmaps. One was the "normal" silver with
light-grey knobs, one was black with dark grey knobs, and one was a
plasticky-looking red with black shiny plastic-looking knobs. Of the
four people who tried them, they *all* thought that the silver one
sounded smoother, the black one had a warmer bassier sound and the red
one had a more cutting, middle-y and distorted sound.

Now, if you want to use a "generic" host-supplied UI, that's fine. If
you want a GUI that uses standard toolkit elements (GtkVScale, for
instance) that's fine too. But - I think a softsynth has to *look* like
something you want to fiddle with. Even if it's just a screenshot, it's
got to make you want to find one and have a shot of it. Remember your
first gearlust? It's got to do that.

As for little boxes with numbers, if I wanted to sit and fiddle with
those I'd go and work out my tax rebate on a spreadsheet...

Gordon MM0YEQ

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[LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Tue Sep 7, 6:20 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Niels Mayer, (Thu Sep 16, 12:18 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Thu Sep 16, 6:53 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Thu Sep 16, 8:46 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Tue Sep 7, 6:23 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Chris Cannam, (Tue Sep 7, 7:24 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Tue Sep 7, 7:44 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Chris Cannam, (Tue Sep 7, 8:18 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Jens M Andreasen, (Thu Sep 9, 2:15 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Tue Sep 7, 6:25 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 7, 7:11 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Tue Sep 7, 7:24 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Wed Sep 8, 7:21 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Folderol, (Tue Sep 7, 6:34 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Tue Sep 7, 6:38 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 7, 7:44 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Tue Sep 7, 7:58 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 7, 8:15 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Loki Davison, (Fri Sep 10, 12:37 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Fri Sep 10, 12:33 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Fri Sep 10, 4:06 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Sat Sep 11, 5:36 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Sat Sep 11, 8:45 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Sun Sep 12, 10:39 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Johannes Kroll, (Tue Sep 14, 4:27 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Tue Sep 14, 4:46 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Wed Sep 15, 12:27 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Thorsten Wilms, (Sun Sep 12, 11:35 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Sun Sep 12, 12:17 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Sat Sep 11, 6:23 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Sun Sep 12, 10:29 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Tue Sep 14, 3:07 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 14, 10:44 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Loki Davison, (Sun Sep 12, 12:05 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Mon Sep 13, 1:53 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Mon Sep 13, 2:55 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Mon Sep 13, 2:38 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Mon Sep 13, 2:45 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 14, 8:49 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Wed Sep 15, 2:53 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Thu Sep 16, 8:52 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Thu Sep 16, 3:01 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Thu Sep 16, 6:06 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Igor Brkic, (Wed Sep 15, 7:39 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Wed Sep 15, 10:32 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Wed Sep 15, 10:56 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Tue Sep 14, 10:03 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Mon Sep 13, 8:14 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Thorsten Wilms, (Tue Sep 14, 7:14 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 14, 10:27 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Tue Sep 7, 7:43 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Tue Sep 7, 6:29 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Tue Sep 7, 6:34 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Folderol, (Tue Sep 7, 6:37 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Tue Sep 7, 6:42 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Tue Sep 7, 10:01 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 8:36 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Andrew Bryant, (Wed Sep 8, 2:36 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 5:19 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 7:06 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 8:02 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Paul Davis, (Wed Sep 8, 8:15 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 9:24 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 9:38 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Wed Sep 8, 10:37 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 8:19 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 8:47 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 10:38 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, , (Wed Sep 8, 8:38 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Alex, (Wed Sep 8, 9:38 pm)
[LAD] X behaviour (was Mouse/knob interaction), Andrew Bryant, (Thu Sep 9, 5:51 am)
Re: [LAD] X behaviour (was Mouse/knob interaction), Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas, (Thu Sep 9, 6:11 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 10:28 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Wed Sep 8, 3:36 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Andrew Bryant, (Wed Sep 8, 4:19 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Arnold Krille, (Wed Sep 8, 10:06 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, , (Tue Sep 7, 8:18 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, David Adler, (Tue Sep 7, 10:15 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Chris Cannam, (Tue Sep 7, 8:31 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, , (Tue Sep 7, 8:54 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 7, 8:35 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gordon JC Pearce, (Tue Sep 7, 8:51 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Tue Sep 7, 8:57 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Tue Sep 7, 11:06 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Folderol, (Wed Sep 8, 7:47 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Tim E. Real, (Tue Sep 7, 11:02 pm)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Olivier Guilyardi, (Wed Sep 8, 11:37 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, hermann, (Wed Sep 8, 5:30 am)
Re: [LAD] Mouse/knob interaction, Philipp Überbacher, (Tue Sep 7, 6:27 pm)