TritoneAddiction wrote: ↑
21 Nov 2021
I get where you're coming from. And you're not wrong. Old devices could be improved for sure.
It's just that for me personally, I would rather work with something new and fresh rather than old improved devices. It's one thing if the devices were like 1-4 years old. But these are OLD devices. For me it's a bit like going back to change old already finished songs. It's done. It's a piece of art/creation that's connected to a particular time. That's how I view instruments/devices. Let them be.
In the end it's all a matter of priority what the developers should spend their time on. I could understand if they wanted to add a new standard EQ (something like Synapse GQ-7), a proper limiter etc. Let's face it the Mclass stuff is pretty bad. Looks boring too. If they updated those, they would have to change pretty much everything. Might as well build something better and more modern from scratch.
I mostly responded to all of this to show that not everybody wants RS to spend their time updating the old devices.
I actually meant just exposing all the functions like they were meant to be, but since you've brought it up - if the MClass stuff is bad, doesn't this then beg the question - why is it even there?
EQ, comp and limiter are basic tools for any old or new user, the face of the product, so to speak. They must be either removed or, preferably, overhauled before they become clutter. Clutter is bad user experience which results in bad company reputation.
I am also increasingly concerned with the designs, because they grow worse by the year.
Here's an example of what sounds good, looks sexy and is fun to work with - SUCCESS:
Legacy stuff, if I'm being honest, looks decent to me. I wouldn't touch the design, but it sounds horrible - FAIL:
And here is the new wave of designs, the worst of them all. I call them "functional spreadsheets". This one doesn't even fit the rack, has no texture, no depth, looks skewed and out of place - MEGA FAIL:
If I could attach more pictures, I'd add algoritm and friktion to this category as well. I don't care they are functional. They cost a £100 each and should be way beyond that. 3rd party devs like Ekssperimental Sounds Studio and Red Rock Sounds, among a few others, seemed to have grasped the Rack and Skeuomorphism concepts better than Reason, which is ironic, and they are not hiding behind the "functional design" nonsense and just do the work of delivering devices with great workflow and beautiful designs that are pleasant to work with, with the former dev's work being more prominent on the aesthetics side and the latter on the functionality, but both reaching a good balance.
There's no shame in a teacher learning from his students.
Also not even a mention of sequencer improvements despite the majority of users clearly speaking out in favour of them. I don't want for Mr. Jubel to be in a position where his long and hard work on a new device will only result in a walk of shame from Game of Thrones, but this seems to be where it's headed right now. No amount of revenue gain will let RS buy back their reputation. Having the Grand Master himself work on core devices and functionality, on the other hand, would be time well spent for both the users and the company.
Also, using the mailing list for user polls may not be a bad idea.
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