please don’t mind me giving some criticism, I finally got some more time to test this beta some more,
I can’t help but to think that the instrument change is a bit too early, the whole layout just doesn’t feel right,
for me it’s like a mix between the classic tracker layout and regular sampler , but it lacks some overall tightness
for example instruments are still left in the right upper corner, but the samples were moved to instrument settings
so if you want to work with instrument and samples you need to move through the whole workplace - wouldn’t it be
easier if the sample menu was left near the instruments ? - probably on the place of “advanced pattern editor”
- envelopes -
not happy with the new placement to be honest, if you could adjust the size of the diferent renoise spaces it wouldn’t
be so bad probably but now it’s just small and feels very detached from the instruments.
- why not use the instrument envelopes as the arranger ? so that you could divide the new samples/layer zone with the instruments ?
i know i was ranting about it before , but that part of window could be like a main instrument view, in which you could set the envelopes,
change global parameters of the instrument, volume, panning, pitch etc, (transpose all)
what i never liked about the envelopes is that you can see ticks - that is not really helping to anybody who is not using trackers
and even myself i don’t really get it, instead it would be better if you could see either the pattern row there, so you know where
the envelope value would be for example at row 10, or just do it musically with 1/1 1/2 1/4 etc
it could work with lfos and loops too, so you would basically be able to set where in pattern is that movement going to happen
it would be great if the instrument envelopes were somehow connected with VSTi, i’m pretty sure at least volume and pitch would be
usable straight ahead, but it would be great to have vsti automation parameters there as well, so you could map them quickly in
the instrument editor to the envelopes and use them - probably creating much more use for the whole area as i assume mostly people use vsti to samples nowadays
i think the different samples work ok but it would definitely help if you could set different colors to different samples in the editor, because if you use too many
samples it begins to be very confusing and hard to work with - don’t think the sample name really works there, color would be much more helpfull.
it would probably help to be able to zoom in and out to the keys for more detailed work with layers as well.
for quick editing of samples in this kind of new layout , i wouldn’t mind to see the preview of sample waveform in the place of the current envelopes,
in this kind of layout, you could see instruments in the top right corner, samples featured in the instrument in current advanced pattern editor,
envelopes with the global instrument parameters in the left part of screen where sample keyzones are now (or where arranger is when you work with patterns)
and of course the sample keyzones themselves - and still when you would click on any sample , you would be able to see it’s waveform in the current
instrument envelopes window - then you would have everything you need to work with when it comes to instruments on one screen nice and easy and i think
overall it would be just much less confusing
still for advanced work on samples , layers or envelopes you should be able to see it in full range as you can now