Better Musical User Interfaces
I stumbled upon this in link from news.ycombinator.com: http://arthurcarabott.com/mui/ which asks two important questions regarding Musical User Interfaces:
1. If I weren't interacting with a computer, how would I express this musical idea?
2. As I am interacting with a computer, what can it do for me that traditional equipment can't?
It is amazing how so many DAWs and plugins nowadays still try to mimic the "look" of hardware boards in order to appeal to people already familiar with those devices. In particular, they insist on forcing the user to try to adjust levels with a virtual potentiometer knob, which although makes sense in the context of a physical board, is very impractical to adjust with a mouse, labtop touchpad, and especially touchscreen (hurts your fingers after a while). Plus there is so much more opportunity for visual feedback that a computer can provide. As an example, he demos below a very simple limiter slider that show how the entire song's waveform will be adjusted, providing instant holistic feedback when adjusting: http://arthurcarabott.com/mui-dynamic-range/
This got me thinking about how musescore still uses knobs in so many places. Anyway just some food for thought about how there might be better ways to do things in MuseScore, like adjust things like relative volume of instruments or the synthesizer effects rig. In fact most MuseScore users aren't already accustomed to those hardware boards, so there is a less of a need to try to mimic them.