RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

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GMusic
KVRian
634 posts since 26 May, 2009 from Area 51

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:23 am

dentnile wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:14 am
Better than the default which looks a bit dirty and cheap in my opinion. I prefer a more clean design. I would also prefer no attempts at making anything look like “metal” like in the logo.

Good point. I think the RAPID being a more neutral finish would look easier on the eyes and more professional.

anoise
KVRist
209 posts since 1 Jul, 2009

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Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 am

Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.
It's alright, but not better than Midnight Specter. :wink:
It looks really busy, too many horizontal lines and squares everywhere.
I would prefer a new and better flat skin. The dark flat skins included with Rapid are too dark.
Maybe something like the "Neon" skin, with greyish background and better colors.
Something like this:
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zeph
KVRist
40 posts since 27 Nov, 2006

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:54 am

anoise wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 am
Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.
It's alright, but not better than Midnight Specter. :wink:
It looks really busy, too many horizontal lines and squares everywhere.
I would prefer a new and better flat skin. The dark flat skins included with Rapid are too dark.
Maybe something like the "Neon" skin, with greyish background and better colors.
Something like this:
I agree - I prefer simple (the simpler the better) flat skin :tu: :tu: :tu:

dermage
KVRian
515 posts since 23 May, 2016

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Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:07 am

anoise wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 am
Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.
It's alright, but not better than Midnight Specter. :wink:
It looks really busy, too many horizontal lines and squares everywhere.
I would prefer a new and better flat skin. The dark flat skins included with Rapid are too dark.
Maybe something like the "Neon" skin, with greyish background and better colors.
Something like this:
yea, flat is fine!

nordickvr
KVRian
1150 posts since 29 Sep, 2013

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:23 am

Another vote for flat ones.

dentnile
KVRist
163 posts since 4 Apr, 2013

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:00 am

anoise wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 am
Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.
It's alright, but not better than Midnight Specter. :wink:
It looks really busy, too many horizontal lines and squares everywhere.
I would prefer a new and better flat skin. The dark flat skins included with Rapid are too dark.
Maybe something like the "Neon" skin, with greyish background and better colors.
Something like this:
That looks great. That plus a nicer font would be awesome. I don’t like the current font at all, sorry.

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parawave
KVRist
263 posts since 15 Mar, 2016 from Germany

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:54 am

anoise wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:31 am
It's alright, but not better than Midnight Specter. :wink:
It looks really busy, too many horizontal lines and squares everywhere.
I would prefer a new and better flat skin. The dark flat skins included with Rapid are too dark.
Maybe something like the "Neon" skin, with greyish background and better colors.
Something like this:
I see what you did here. The main panel color got a slight red shift. I guess it's warmer. Not sure if it's brighter. Kind of hard to discuss perception of color, since it's very subjective.

But.. We hear you. A Reminder: It's hard to create a skin that pleases everyone.
There is this kind of battle between people who like skeuomorphic or flat design. Personally I'm for a good mix of both worlds. We'll see.

At the moment I can extract these points:
  • Dark Theme, but not too dark.
  • Better fitting fonts (or modern?), but still crisp and readable.
  • Flat. Or Flatter?
BTW the screenshot Mirko Ruta posted is only a mock-up and not final. It's to gather ideas for the next look.

We try to improve Rapid with every version until it's (almost) perfect. Remember the look of version 1.0, it got better right? It can only get better from here on.

[Insert "This isn't even my final form" meme here]

recursive one
KVRAF
4042 posts since 7 Feb, 2013

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:19 am

Gui-wise i really like the polaris theme, it is easy on my eyes and nice to work with. It's my default one. My only concern is that it some of the effects have their background borrowed from the default skin which doesn't fit the colour and looks just plain ugly. I modified that theme myself using white background for these effects but now i have to do this again any time when there's an update.

Could we have an alternative Polaris theme with all the effects having appropriate colours? (White/silver/blue/gray and such)
You may think you can fly ... but you better not try

anoise
KVRist
209 posts since 1 Jul, 2009

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:19 pm

parawave wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:54 am
We try to improve Rapid with every version until it's (almost) perfect. Remember the look of version 1.0, it got better right? It can only get better from here on.
Yes, it did. :)
In my prior post I just quickly modified a screenshot of the Neon skin for a quick example. Yes, it could be slightly brighter and the grey is too reddish. My idea was to show a brighter dark skin with a gray background. Some good examples would be Bitwig's UI, Spire's dark theme, Discovery Pro.
Maybe a gamma selector/slider would be a good idea and a hue slider for the accent color (useful for the flat skins).
Yes, a mix of both styles would be also interesting. Skeuomorphic knobs and a flat background with some light gradients.
Thanks for listening.

bite_me
KVRist
379 posts since 2 May, 2015 from Ruhrgebiet

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Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 pm

Wow, watch this :o
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bought it right away for 2,36€

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exmatproton
KVRAF
2380 posts since 25 Apr, 2011

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:56 pm

Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.

Image
Love it.

chk071
KVRAF
21181 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

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Post Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:59 pm

bite_me wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 pm
Wow, watch this :o
Image
The original dark theme looks much better.

bite_me
KVRist
379 posts since 2 May, 2015 from Ruhrgebiet

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Post Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:11 am

Yeah, cool.

tony10000
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445 posts since 4 Aug, 2017

Re: RAPID Synthesizer | Synthwave XT

Post Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:36 pm

dentnile wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:14 am
Mirko R. wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:05 am
Some new skin idea. Just want to know what you think about it.

Image
Better than the default which looks a bit dirty and cheap in my opinion. I prefer a more clean design. I would also prefer no attempts at making anything look like “metal” like in the logo.
Yeah, the fountain fill logo looks really dated. Time for a redesign...

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parawave
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263 posts since 15 Mar, 2016 from Germany

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Post Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:42 am

bite_me wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:56 pm
Wow, watch this :o
https://flsaudio.com/wp-content/uploads ... in-Mac.png
bought it right away for 2,36€
tony10000 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:36 pm
Yeah, the fountain fill logo looks really dated. Time for a redesign...
Not really a fountain fill. It's actually 3 light sources on top of a 3D font. Maybe take a closer look. There are different angles of gradient :ud:

Now, looking at it from an outside perspective:
There is a demand for other kinds of skins.
There are users who want their custom wishes and even pay 2,36€ for it.
On the other hand, a lot of you have experience in design?

Seems like a match to me. You know you can edit the skin files right? :D
recursive one wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:19 am
Could we have an alternative Polaris theme with all the effects having appropriate colours? (White/silver/blue/gray and such)
I see. Maybe it would be good enough to de-saturate the patterns. Will consider it for 1.7.0. Maybe we just remove them for monochromatic themes at once. Like the flat themes did.

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