More collection colors?

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Johaness Berend
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Re: More collection colors?

Post by Johaness Berend » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:29 pm

rcube wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:29 pm
+ 1 for as many collection slots as I want - I don't see any reason (UI or technical) why this feature is so limited.

Johaness Berend
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Re: More collection colors?

Post by Johaness Berend » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:30 pm

thefrequencyshifter wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:14 pm
+1 for unlimited collections

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by Muon » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:18 am

+1 for unlimited collections

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by gbert » Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:26 am

+1. More collections. Abandon the colors entirely and have nested folders. That would be much more useful than a flat set of only a few colors.

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by DeckardAnderson » Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:27 pm

+1 I would be very happy if the amount of colours were doubled.

I use the colours to sort my plugins and ableton racks in to manageable categories.

RED - Sounds
ORANGE - Reverbs/Delays
YELLOW - Effects/Filters/Pitch
GREEN - Saturation/Distortion/Colour
BLUE - Dynamics/Shaping/Width
PURPLE - Compression/EQ/Strips
GREY - Limiting/Clipping/Utility/MIDI

As you can imagine some of these categories are still very messy. More colours would be great for me to help me organise my racks and plugin collection.

Also, a feature to highlight/'star'/favourite items within the colour categories would be excellent too. So that in my PURPLE category I can highlight my favourite, most used EQ plugins for example. Perhaps a "FAVOURITE" exclusive non-colour collection category, that instead inverts the colour of the items name or places a unique symbol BEFORE the items name.

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by PrimeSeq » Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:58 pm

I don’t find the colours in Collections particularly useful.

But being able to organise the countless thousands of sounds, samples, plugins, packs, racks, audio effects, MIDI effects... within a large number of user created and customised folders and sub-folders... That would be great.

Also adding user defined hierarchal metadata tags that you could apply to the thousands of sounds, samples, plugins... and they were searchable... would also be great.

Although developing an underlying DB for this feature would probably be thousands of hours development time. (NI did it of course.)

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Re: More collection colors?

Post by The Rabbits » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:55 am

I agree we should be able to use more colours, but I've found a couple of workarounds that work for me, at least as far as organising plygins goes.
The key is that you can tag folders in your User Library so they appear in a collection.
For vst3 plugins, I created a folder called All VST3 in my library then added subfolders for the categories I wanted. I then went through my vst3s and saved a preset for each one to the relevant folder. You can add one plugin to several groups if that works for you. Or you can create nested folders if you want. I then just tagged all these folders with one colour. Now I have a categorised collection of VST3s.
VST2 don't work thus way. I only have a few, and they're mostly synths, so I just use one collection for all of them.
So now I have VST3, VST2 and Synths collections and I can at least use the rest of the colours for files/samples. Given that I can rearrange my sample collection however I want, and I can tag those folders or just add them to the Places list, I can live with 7 colours.
But more would be better!!

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