Hierarchy for instrument and channel change in Mixer

• Feb 27, 2014 - 21:19

I think that when instrument or channel change is utilised, the entry for it in Mixer should move inward:

Hierarchy for instrument and channel change in Mixer.png

For this example, I have a score with three instruments (Voice, Electric Guitar and Keyboard Synthesizer). I added an instrument change to Electric Guitar and changed the sound of the new entry to Jazz Guitar.

I think it would make it easier to track, especially if there are many instruments the same, or a change occurs frequently.

What do others think?


and it might be also help to show a line on the mixer dials where the default lies so that one can see in what direction any changes have been made.

In reply to by underquark

IMO the "dials" on the mixer are examples of a bad UI.

They give absolutely no feedback about the values you are entering, which means they cannot be set accurately.

Spinboxes with a displayed value of 0 to 127 would be much better, perhaps with the option of entering a value from the keyboard.

OTOH many commercial sequencers use sliders with a numerical output at the top. I must confess I'm not keen on them either :)

I'm not sure about the Mixer dial (maybe you can show a picture?), but lines are a good idea to support the architecture of the Mixer. I'm also wondering whether there should be a better indicator of what entry is normal, channel and instrument.

Refining the idea further: Should channel changes be presented different to instrument changes?

Instrument and channel changes.png

In this example:

Electric guitar with instrument change to another electric guitar, but with a different sound.
Violin with the usual channel change, but there is an instrument change to viola.

There is a hierarchy: Original instrument/instrument change, then its potential channels.

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