I’m unsatisfied with the pattern matrix despite it’s neat top-down view. The colors are what gets me. They’re virtually meaningless since you can’t have two different colors in one track. The biggest reason I’m unsatisfied, i make a cell i really like, i move it to a different track (for my own reasons) and i’ve completely lost it visually. it assumes the color of the “track”, which doesn’t make sense if you’re going to have colors at all in the matrix. the columns are already labeled. and if you think labeled columns are inadequate, then we may as well implement full colored tracks like this. http://img188.imageshack.us/img188/254/renoisecolourso.png no double standard allowed.
At the moment, one moves a green cell from track 1, over to track 2. This green cell corresponds with my kick-drum. Once it’s moved over to track 2, it changes color. Why have them colored if not to distinguish cells? Even if I turn off “view track colors”, the cells are still colored and operate like this. The current formulation defies intuition and lacks purpose. A solution is to remove the implementation of track colors completely.
Ditching “track colors” all together would also allow a more sensible use of color in the pattern matrix. One color corresponding to each unique cell in the pattern matrix
Then each unique cell in the pattern matrix could be assigned a color (the current color selector is perfect imo). If 1 cell in the song is identical in many different patterns, even in different tracks, it will share the same color with all identical cells. So when I see a green box, i know it’s my kick-drum.
Currently looks like this:
In this example, in pattern 0, each cell is its own sound (red = kick, orange = snare, yellow = hh, green = pad).
When I move the cells around (pattern 1 = 1 cell to the right, pattern 2 = 2 cells to the right, pattern 3 = 3 cells to the right), the color is still particular to the column despite turning track-colors off.
If we remove the idea of “track colors” all together, we get a more intuitive and intelligent way to recognize a recurring pattern.
Should look like this:
- Track Colors render Matrix Cell Colors meaningless.
- Removing the idea of Track Colors makes colored Matrix Cells useful and intelligent.
alternative to track color below