Totally agree with comments already made about how cramped Analog feels. Tarekith's excellent review
balances its pro's and con's nicely, especially this quote:
Also, the fact that the central display changes based on which pane is selected can be difficult at times. You always need to make sure the right pane is selected when adjusting envelopes, something that catches me out once in awhile even still. While it certainly saves space on the instrument GUI, I wish there was a way to display all parameters at once. In this regard, the original AAS Ultra Analog is much better in my opinion.
Checking out the synths on AAS's home page
, I can't help but hope that folks at Ableton do think seriously about offering a toggle in future versions that enlarges the view panel to an all-in-one interface.
As it is, compared to the equally spare, new & improved (and free!!
) version of Automat
(mac only), I'm afraid I probably won't be using Analog too much. For me, it's not just about the interface being too cramped -- it's that without having an easy access to all of the controls, I don't feel able to explore sound making freely. Presets are fine, but enjoyable sound design requires ease of use more than anything else, for me at least. I don't want to have to think about where something is during that process...which, unfortunately, Analog in its current state heavily requires.
Final nit -- what's up with only 4 waveforms? Is it just me or is there no triangle form?
I totally dig the variable noise tone, however. That is really nice.
So yes, please Ableton, some more room to enjoy this goodness you've created would be an awesome thing!