From my point of view, the change proposal should not destroy what EQ5 or EQ10 is already capable of doing.
On the other hand, any new feature added to EQ5 should be in EQ10 and any other similar equalization graph, for consistency.
EQ5 and EQ10 have some interesting features, which should not be modified:
- ALT + Left Click & drag= horizontal displacement of the point preserving the db value.
- SHIFT + Left Click & drag= vertical displacement of the point preserving the frequency value.
- CTRL + Left Click & drag= slower free point displacement, for greater accuracy.
- CTRL + ALT + Left Click & drag= slower point horizontal displacement, for greater accuracy.
- Right Click & drag= modifiy the width of the band of the point.
The features it does not offer:
- It does not show the value of db in the graph when moving the point. This is necessary for the user to obtain accuracy if he only shows the graph. It is not enough to see only the horizontal lines.
- It is not possible to select multiple points to drag together. Within this section there could be two ways of dragging (2 keyboard + mouse commands, currently free):
- Increase / decrease all db values equally, vertically.
- or Increase / decrease all values exponentially vertically (the farther a perimeter point is from the drag point, the less its db value will be modified).
This implies having a keyboard command for the operation of selecting multiple points.
Once the multiple points are selected, it is a different situation (different condition). Then, everything new must respect everything that the EQ5 / EQ10 is already capable of doing.
Anyway, the modifier keys CTRL, ALT, SHIFT, allow up to 7 combinations for a click. The user would have to be an expert in controlling all that. If you have 3 clicks (left, center, right), there are up to 21 possible combinations.
Well, you can create your own preset, being more precise with the bandwidth of each point, for example, using the value 1 (or 0) at each point. Thus, your color palette would be wider.
I would propose a somewhat different thing: remove EQ5 and EQ10, and create only one EQ5-EQ20 device, in which each user can determine the number of points to add, with a range of 5 to 20 points (or 5, 10, 15, 20). Add in it all the mentioned characteristics. Here it would be a luxury to have a larger, optional floating window graphic.
Having EQ5 and EQ10 separately is somewhat redundant. The EQ5-EQ20, could be very useful for the master track, to make subtle touches with total precision.
This new device could simply be called “EQ”. This would be simpler and more complete.