Ableton Live 10 GUI – Clip Colors

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Ableton Live 10 GUI – Clip Colors

Post by last email » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:05 pm

Me and my partner we are using Cubase Pro 9.5 and Live 9, a couple of days ago we decided to check the newer version 10.0.3.

Surprisingly from the beginning, older projects in the arrangement view seemed very crowded, and the actual cause is the full color clips. There’s simply too much color information making my eyes tired very easily.
But even when you click the new global automation mode button to show/hide automation, clips are semitransparent and not transparent as they used to be till version 9.

Although the whole GUI (colors, track channel names) are snappier, somehow the older GUI was way smoother for the eyes. It was easier to associate clips in the arrangement view with channel names, and the channel name font was bolder making it more readable.

Clip colors in older versions were darker but not tiring. In v10 the lighter clip colors have more contrast, tiring the eyes even when you work even for short periods.

Also, when selecting midi clip notes in version 9, the notes were getting bolder making them stand out from the rest notes. In version 10, highlighting a midi note/notes just adds a thin outline, making it very hard to distinguish them from the rest.

Sincerely, I feel lost in arrangement view in Live 10 when making a new project or when opening projects from version 9 or earlier.

Could you give us an option from preferences menu to switch back to version 9 Look/Feel? Maybe you could add the old colors to the new pallet or maybe you could add a choice from preferences to switch to old pallet colors.
Or at least, when you click the global automation button, please make the clips transparent as they used to be till V9.

PS: “Clouds theme” in preferences menu was the friendlier/smoother theme for the eyes, at least for me. Can you please add it again?

Below it’s the same project opened in Live 9 & 10.

PS2: From a quick search I found many complaints on youtube from various users about this new GUI issue:
https://youtu.be/-2s2NHpPnns

https://youtu.be/mTT8IJ6K7lU



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Re: Ableton Live 10 GUI – Clip Colors

Post by last email » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:21 pm

Really surprised that no one commented here. I really fell lost in the arrangement with all the added color in clips. Live had the cleanest view from all DAWs, it’s sad to see that you tried to look like other programs. Live simply had the best GUI from any other DAW. Fast and efficient. Now I have to spend time trying to find what clip corresponds to what channel. People say, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

At least when you click the global automation button (up right) to show automation for all tracks, could you please make the clips transparent as they used to be till version 9.

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Re: Ableton Live 10 GUI – Clip Colors

Post by Elias57 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:19 am

Yes, this is too much. Would be nice to have an option for the old style.

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Re: Ableton Live 10 GUI – Clip Colors

Post by zeepster » Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:14 am

Agreed. Like the OP explains, i'm straining my eyes in Live 10 because of the same reasons. Working in Live 9 arrangement view is way easier on the eyes.

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