Bring back the sliders to the editor

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  1. Quadfire

    Quadfire Well-Known Member

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    While pleasant to look at, rotary controls on a computer are a pain. Sliders are easier and have the added benefit of letting you click to a point (say 75%) and that's the value you get. They often have little arrow buttons that make it easy to nudge the value up or down.

    OK, feel free to keep the main controls of Gain, Master, Tone, etc., looking like the real ones on the device. I'd prefer them as sliders, but I can see how that would be a harder choice. The flip side of this today is that the graphical EQ has knobs which is just odd.

    Here's the interesting thing. An early, sneak-peak of the AA applauded the use of sliders.

    While I was at NAMM, Tom King was kind enough to invite me to a private (i.e., outside the cacophony of the show floor) preview of the Amplifire. I got some quality hands-on time with the device as well as a run-through of the editor and finally some Q&A around the product.

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    While the menu system is quite usable, the editor software (available for Windows and OSX) seems very well thought out. It generally avoids the use of rotary controls instead preferring sliders, which are much easier to adjust with a mouse. The slider controls have text fields for keyboard entry of values as well as increment/decrement arrows make precise control easier.
    I know that Atomic has limited development cycles and that we want Marc focusing on the next big audio breakthrough, but these ergonomic issues matter a lot.

     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    Tips: If you hold down the SHIFT key while you click and drag the rotary control the values will move much slower allowing you more precise control.
    Also, if you double click on the value of the parameter above the rotary control you can type in the value that you want.
     
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    Thanks Jace. Those are great tips which could also apply to the slider controls. So you could have your cake (sliders) and eat it too (get the benefits of double click/edit and shift drag)

    Most of the time I have one hand for the AA editor and one hand on the guitar. That makes it even harder to switch between trackpad/mouse and keyboard. Shift plus mouse is even harder....

    The other thing I like to do is to go quickly back the saved setting for a value. The AA LCD does indicate if you are above or below the saved value, so the editor could display this as well. There's more that could be done to make A/B'ing changes a bit easier. Reverting to last saved by selecting another present and then selecting it is pretty annoying and slow.
     
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    Matt Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree. The current system works OK, but sliders with increment up down arrows would be much easier.
     

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