A list of suggested GUI features

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lverona
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A list of suggested GUI features

Post by lverona » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:56 am

Hey guys!

Have played with Giada for a couple of days. Here's what I come up with as practical GUI improvements.

1. Load files on double click.
I like the fact that in order to browse folders you use one click. I would like to be able to load a loop on double click instead of going for the Load button. Saves time during performance.

2. Control during sample browsing.
While I am searching for loops in my folders, the mix is going on and on. It would be good to be able to control things WHILE I am browsing. That would give me more time to browse, while keeping the mix alive by muting and unmuting stuff. Right now the Load dialog blocks my keyboard and the mix starts to go lifeless.

3. Have patches save only HALF the file slots.
This one is rather revolutionary, but it seems like not so hard to implement, at the same time giving so much in return.

Giada GUI is currently divided into two halves. Because loading takes so much time, it would be great to be able to sort of have two patches on screen. So you can save a LEFT patch, which is 16 left slots, and RIGHT patch, which is 16 right slots.

That would allow to load up patches, while some of the slots are playing and thus enable complex transitions between songs.


What do you think, guys?

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FFT
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Re: A list of suggested GUI features

Post by FFT » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:14 pm

Hi LV,
lverona wrote: 1. Load files on double click.
I like the fact that in order to browse folders you use one click. I would like to be able to load a loop on double click instead of going for the Load button. Saves time during performance.
good point! We will add it to our roadmap, hopefully the 0.4.x trunk.
lverona wrote: 2. Control during sample browsing.
While I am searching for loops in my folders, the mix is going on and on. It would be good to be able to control things WHILE I am browsing. That would give me more time to browse, while keeping the mix alive by muting and unmuting stuff. Right now the Load dialog blocks my keyboard and the mix starts to go lifeless.
Yes you are right, because the browser window is 'modal', which blocks anything else under it. We could make it non_modal: in this way you would be able to control the main GUI while the browser remains on top.
lverona wrote: 3. Have patches save only HALF the file slots.
This one is rather revolutionary, but it seems like not so hard to implement, at the same time giving so much in return.

Giada GUI is currently divided into two halves. Because loading takes so much time, it would be great to be able to sort of have two patches on screen. So you can save a LEFT patch, which is 16 left slots, and RIGHT patch, which is 16 right slots.

That would allow to load up patches, while some of the slots are playing and thus enable complex transitions between songs.
Another interesting suggestion. This one could solve the current issue which prevents to shift seamlessly from a patch to another one. Actually we were theorizing the solution of the "overdubbing channel": an extra slot where you can mix down the entire program and in the meanwhile load a new patch. Both ideas are appealing but the LEFT/RIGHT approach is really sexy :D we will definitely think about it.

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