I haven’t been using Podium as much as of late and when I provide my system you will uderstand why.
Mac OSX 10.5.1 Leopard…
I run Podium (just on occasion) on WinXP Professional SP 2 under a VMware Fusion session. With exception of not being able to use my Firewire audio it works relatively well.
I like it… Your idea that is… The old can go…
can the implementation of the class be delayed.. I guess not, since it’s part of the form itself, isn’t it.. unless the parts of the constructor can be wrapped in a try/catch block
To clear up any possible misunderstandings: The fader knob shows the current gain dB value, just like the mixer knobs. It’s the 0, -3, -6 etc. labels underneath that I have decided not to show to avoid cluttering the lane headers with too much text. This may change in the future, if I decide to provide an option for precision metering on the lane headers. The faders on the lane headers are meant for a quick way to adjust the gain. If you want to do precision mixing, then use the mixer.
I’m quite okay with this.
Actually I think the Compact Track Layout does a decent job of simplifying things but I find the list of sends/plugins redundant with the improvements that have been made to the track inspector. All I would like to see there is the pan/gain and assortment of mute/solo/bounce/e buttons.
The problem with the list in the compact track layout is that you lose visibility once you add a couple of sends/plugins. Maybe not so important but why duplicate functionality that is handled so well in the inspector. Maybe all that is needed is the meter and buttons…
Looking good though…
One thing I noticed is that if I create a new group track I cannot copy other tracks onto the group.
I sure hope that it is removing complexity. That is the whole point of the new compact mode. If you look at the latest screenshot I posted, I would appreciate if you could specify what it is that seems more complex. Is it the embedded list of sends and plugins? In other hosts you would typically have an “FX” button, which when pressed will open a window with the list of inserts. I think it is an advantage to have the list shown on the track header for easy access. If you don’t want it, you just size the track smaller until the panel disappears.
Eventually you will be able to do all major tasks on the track headers. You can ignore the track inspector and the mixer completely if you e.g. just want to record guitar, vocals and set up a few drum and synth plugin tracks. Users that work with a large number of tracks may prefer the overview you get by working in the mixer.
Let me spend some time with this and I will get back to you…
I would appreciate a little more user feedback, so please post your comments. Apart from the handful of people who have already responded, I have no idea whether the rest of the userbase thinks the new compact layout mode is a waste of time.
I haven’t spent much time with Podium for the last while but have been keeping tabs and the one thing that comes to mind, is that as Podianer has said, it seems to becoming more complex. For somebody just getting into Podium, there is a rather steep learning curve that some people just never seem to get. In fairness without having spent much (any) time with the beta I’m not sure if there adding or removing complexity.
Lack of soundcard driver support was the underlying reason I moved to Mac. Neither of the two soundcards I use have Vista drivers yet.
From my perspective the only thing Reaper has over Podium is that there will be a Mac version (currently in beta). This is pretty important to me.
This is great news and I think is the piece that takes Podium to the next level.