Okay, now I've downloaded it and started to use it.
I want to be honest here, because you have obviously poured in a LOT of work. Which is commendable.
However, it is TOO MUCH.
I really wanted to love this skin. Here's what I DO like about the Arranger:
- I really like the full-width metering & numbering.
- I love the tall Track Manager metering. The overall layout here is nice, including the horizontal EQ and clarity of S, M, & REC buttons.
But, I DON'T Like these issues: (which would make it unusable for me except for on small track projects).
- the Track details (Solo, Mute, Record) are too TALL. They require too much vertical space.
- The pre-colored meters look great just looking at them, but not in real-time usage. There's simply too much going on. It really is the "Christmas Tree" look, so there is not enough distinction. Tracks that are silent should not be drawing attention to my eyes by being pre-colored. Only the live signal should be colored.
Here's the deal-killer for more than 8 tracks:
- On a 20" LCD, horizontal usage at 1600x1200 (pretty standard these days), on Camo (mastermod) I can view 13 vertical tracks with metering, volume, and pan. With SDK, this goes down to only 8 fully visible tracks. On Camo, I can view 17 vertical tracks with volume showing (the way I commonly work); but with SDK, only 10.5. Now here's the kicker: the BEST feature of your arranger is the full-width track metering (though the colors need to go away when not being played); However, with Camo I can have 24 vertical tracks with metering visible. Meanwhile, the SDK only shows 12.5 (i.e. half!). I expand to 13 tracks and the great metering is GONE. It disappears completely until 15 tracks, and then the miniature metering shows up (which Camo shows up at 25).
- To be usable on larger projects -- the vertical track size really needs to be reduced. And ideally auto-size downward (like Camo) as you expand to more tracks.
Also, I lose about an inch of track editing real estate. Not a deal breaker, but a small hit.
While I thought I might love this MIXER, I don't. And I don't see myself using it.
I do like the grey, the sharpness of the S & M buttons, the Gain and Pan knobs are great. The tall metering is great.
Here's what would need to be improved for me to use the SKD mixer rather than Camo Mastermod:
1.The meters cannot be colored without signal. This is too busy, and actually detracts (in real usage) from the metering when music is playing. It is too hard of work on the eyes with the overuse of color.
2. We've lost the numbering of the Auxes and Inserts. I'd replace/re-add these.
3. As the RMS feature apparently doesn't work (nice idea!), the doubled master meters just look odd. I'd remove the RMS extra meters.
4. The wood paneling at the top right looks cheesy to me. Doesn't match. Out of place...
Overall-- it's a great attempt. but actually goes too far.
I offer these comments to be helpful. You have obviously worked very hard on this. But the totality is over the top (in my view) and falters at the most important place: usability for large track counts.
Do let us know if you come up with a variant that addresses these issues, and I'll become your biggest fan.
Back to Camo Mastermod and Shadow Transport for me...