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issueid=3059 11-07-2010 09:19 AM
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FR: Optional dB Markers (graticules) on MCP (/TCP) Faders
FR: Optional dB Markers (graticules) on MCP (/TCP) Faders

Discussion Thread: http://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=14804

A request for optional dB markers/lines (and possibly numerals) on the TCP (and MCP) faders. Lines would be optionally every 5 or 6dB.

This is to help with sketching out a static mix, showing clearly the current scale of the fader. MCP faders are scalable by dragging and also their linearity gradient is changeable in Options/Preferences. This results in differing gain-changes for fader distance moved.

Virtually all professional mixing consoles have dB markers on their faders, a practice reflected in the Pro Tools mix window. This allows any mixer/engineer familiar with dB gains to quickly work channel gains into a mix without having to look at the channels' digital dB value and watching it decrement by (eg) 3, 6, 12, 20dB, or waiting to hear the sonic result of their change.

This would have to be a Preferences' option as it would not be welcome by some users, intruding onto the clean lines of their carefully-contructed themes. A user selectable 5 or 6dB scale and possibly a "last scale before -infinity" option would also be welcome.

Here is an image of PT mix window faders complete with dB lines and numerals for reference:

image courtesy of Adam Wathan.

Thank you for your time,

Planet Nine Productions.
Lincoln, UK.
Issue Details
Issue Type Feature Request
Project Deprecated REAPER issue tracker
Category GUI and graphics
Status Suggested
Priority 5 - Medium
Suggested Version 3.69
Implemented Version (none)
Users who would use this feature 118
Users who would not use this feature 3
Assigned Users (none)
Tags (none)

11-07-2010 02:07 PM
the tricky thing here is going to be keeping it callibrated when you change the size of the element, but hopefully it can be done!
11-07-2010 03:27 PM
Human being with feelings
I would presume that the algorithm that keeps track of the position and it's correlated gain would do that, or one utilising the same maths. I think that would be easy enough for our devs.

Convincing them that it has enough support to be implemented will be the harder task, I suppose.


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