Old 11-20-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Solaris_LCS Ver. 2.0

Solaris_LCS Ver. 2.0
I have extensively re-worked my total rebuild of Albert's Solaris Pro Beta.
Created additional layouts and modified or rebuilt many of the graphic elements
It now has more layouts and better flexibility than the previous version.
Blue and Gray versions are available:

* Note #1: you will need to unzip the file twice and then copy the Solaris_[blue or gray]_v2 folder and the accompanying .ReaperTheme file to your Reaper ColorThemes folder. The double zipping is due to file size limitations for Stash and the theme cannot be used in the .ReaperThemZip form due to what appears to be a folder depth issue.
Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2
Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2

* Note #2: the sendlist knob and volume meter have been removed from the current version.
The knob still works, it's just invisible.
If you want the volume meter, then download this file mcp_sendlist_meter.png and drop it in the main Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2 or Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2 folder.
This will restore the sendlist volume meter.

* Note #3: I have created an alternate 'Brighter' replacement pack for users who find the text for the labels and buttons too dark. The Mixer track Graphics are a bit brighter as well.
Unzip the Solaris_v2-Brighter-altpack.zip file to a temp folder and follow the instructions

If you like the mod and want to donate, please donate to Albert.
you can donate here: Donate to Albert
The transport section has several items from Imperial v1.
I cannot find a donation page for White Tie, so please go his most current thread and say: "Thank You".

SCREENSHOTS:
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Blue:
Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3 Screenshot 4
Screenshot 5 Screenshot 6 Screenshot 7 Screenshot 8

Gray
Screenshot 1 Screenshot 2 Screenshot 3 Screenshot 4
Screenshot 5 Screenshot 6 Screenshot 7 Screenshot 8

MCP LAYOUTS:
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Default & Default Thin: the most flexible.
Fader colors: Black, Red or Blue.

Fullscreen & Fullscreen Thin: Similar to version 1's default layout. less flexible than the default.
This is really meant to be used fullscreen floating or docked to left or right.
Fader colors: Black, Red or Blue.

SideFX: Thin layout with FX section from top to bottom on the right side.
Fader colors: Black, Red or Blue.

Tracking & Tracking Thin: short control section. Large flexible section for more meter or FX.
knobs only, no fader.

Meter Full & Meter Full Thin: only a Meter, no FX or controls. Has Name label, Track ID, Volume label and I/O.

VCA or Group Master: Based on the Default Thin layout, but with a full size fader, No Meter, no FX and only basic controls.
To be used as VCA or Group Master.
Fader colors: Black and Purple

Separators: cannot be recolored. A wide version is available in the MCP.
Separators can be labeled, but the area is not visible. See screenshots for location.
Separators will show the Mute, Solo and Recarm buttons when they are in the following undesired states: Mute/Off, Solo/On, Recarm/Armed.
Mute and Solo can be clicked on even if not visible. Recarm can only be clicked when visible.

Spacers: Available for all layouts except Meter Full & Meter Full Thin.
Spacer layouts have a 'separator' section attached to the left in the MCP and the top in the TCP. This area cannot be recolored.
Spacer layouts allow separation of tracks without losing the use of the track or channel.
Fader colors: Black, Red or Yellow.

MCP MASTER LAYOUTS:
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Default: default layout similar to Default MCP.
Fader colors: Black, Red. Blue or Yellow.

Dual Spacers: same as Default layout but with spacers on both sides.
Fader colors: Black, Red. Blue or Yellow.

FatBoy: wider. shorter control section. large meter.
spacers on both sides. Knobs only, no Faders.

SideFX: FX section from top to bottom on the right side. spacers on both sides.
Fader colors: Black, Red. Blue or Yellow.

TCP CHANGES:
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Smaller compact or collapsed size for layouts.
New buttons. Text or icons on button, no text or icons on panel.
TCP has the following layouts:
- default
- Spacer - similar to separator when collapsed, but has label and track number.
- Separator -see details for MCP separator.
- VCA - see details for MCP VCA

METERS:
both versions include the meter strips from the other.
look in the main folder for 'alt_meters' copy the desired meter strips to the main folder and let it overwrite the current stips.
If you want to select your own colors, find the meter strips in the main folder and rename them.
Then use the theme tweaker to change the meter colors.

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Old 11-20-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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Looks awesome, but can you make a brighter version? It feels a bit too dark overall and some of the text is a bit hard to see (especially the labels on the mcp).
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:34 PM   #3
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This is pretty much exactly what I've been waiting for. I used the previous theme for ages, but eventually abandoned it because it did not have a scalable mixer. My only criticism is that there appears to be graphics missing from the sends in the mixer. In the previous version, there was a knob and a blue volume indicator. Now, it's just a black bar with a grey line. It's very difficult to ascertain a send's volume at a glance.
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Old 11-21-2016, 03:39 AM   #4
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Updated first post.
Added missing layout and fixed some typos.
Missing Layout:

VCA or Group Master: Based on the Default Thin layout, but with a full size fader, No Meter, no FX and only basic controls.
To be used as VCA or Group Master.
Fader colors: Black and Purple

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Old 11-21-2016, 03:58 AM   #5
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This is pretty much exactly what I've been waiting for. I used the previous theme for ages, but eventually abandoned it because it did not have a scalable mixer. My only criticism is that there appears to be graphics missing from the sends in the mixer. In the previous version, there was a knob and a blue volume indicator. Now, it's just a black bar with a grey line. It's very difficult to ascertain a send's volume at a glance.
Thank you.
Yes, the send knob and blue volume indicator were removed to provide more room for the text. The knob is invisible, but is still functional.

While the knob graphic will not be returning, the volume indicator may be added back in at some point in the future and will possibly be a different color.

* Update: see first post or 2 posts below for the send list meter file and how to add it to the theme.

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Old 11-21-2016, 05:41 AM   #6
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Thanks Lucas, it looks great!
I will try it this evening.
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... there appears to be graphics missing from the sends in the mixer. In the previous version, there was a knob and a blue volume indicator.
Download this file and drop it in the main Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2 or Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2 folder.
This will restore the sendlist volume meter.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:35 AM   #8
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Looking good.
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Download this file and drop it in the main Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2 or Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2 folder.
This will restore the sendlist volume meter.
Thank you! Looks great! I do miss the knob, but the new functionality of the theme makes up for it.
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Old 11-21-2016, 11:47 AM   #10
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Thank you! Looks great! I do miss the knob, but the new functionality of the theme makes up for it.
You're welcome!
Just in case I wasn't clear about it before, the knob function is still there and works like it did before, it's just that the knob is invisible.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:50 AM   #11
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Looks awesome, but can you make a brighter version? It feels a bit too dark overall and some of the text is a bit hard to see (especially the labels on the mcp).
The text is purposely not bright on the labels because I prefer the gray.
It's possible change this yourself.
Make a backup of the RTCONFIG.TXT file in the main folder for the theme.
The open the original file and alter the settings for the following entries in each layout:

set mcp.label.color (*only change the second color entry) [108 108 108]
set mcp.volume.label.color [108 108 108]
set mcp.pan.label.color [108 108 108]
set mcp.width.label.color [108 108 108]

you can change them to either of the following two settings to get brighter text for the above.
[180 180 180] - this was used previously for the track label text
[158 158 158] - this was used previously for the Volume, Pan and Width label text.

Alternatively, on the Volume, Pan and Width you can put a semi colon in front of those entries and I believe the text will default to white.
Example:

; set mcp.volume.label.color [108 108 108]
; set mcp.pan.label.color [108 108 108]
; set mcp.width.label.color [108 108 108]


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@ Diego & G-Sun
Thanks for checking it out.

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Old 11-23-2016, 11:04 AM   #13
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Hi,
i just installed the brighter theme on my computer ( i've followed the manual instruction) and when i opened the theme i've got this! (see attached pic.please) ???
What did i wrong?
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sorry,
here's the file
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Hi,
i just installed the brighter theme on my computer ( i've followed the manual instruction) and when i opened the theme i've got this! (see attached pic.please) ???
What did i wrong?
I get the same thing. In fact, since I installed the last updated version of Solaris v2, no reaper theme with custom graphics loads properly.
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Old 11-23-2016, 05:47 PM   #16
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I must say my experience with this theme has been amazing. Probably the best most streamlined, professional theme out there. But, I just noticed something. I'm almost embarrassed to comment on it because it's pretty nitpicky. I just noticed that I cannot discern the track buttons from one another in the track panel. Particularly, the font used for mute, solo, and polarity buttons is really really thin, and the lack of contrast almost makes them fade away. I'm at 1080p, 23", about 2 feet away. They just look like white buttons to me at this distance..
Thank you for the compliments.
Re: the track buttons.
There are the ame as the buttons on the Thin layouts in the MCP.
I sit about 3 feet from my monitor and they look OK to me, but my monitor is 39", so that may be helping.
The letters may be a little a light on other systems.
I will check tonight on the monitor at work.
The buttons on the TCP are are always left to right Mute, Solo, Phase, Recarm, Source, Monitor, FX, Env.
They are arranged in sections with a noticeable space between
Mute Solo Phase________Recarm Source Monitor________FX Env


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I get the same thing. In fact, since I installed the last updated version of Solaris v2, no reaper theme with custom graphics loads properly.
This is odd and unfortunate.
I just downloaded and tested with the Blue version and did not see any issues.
There are no scripts or anything that should interfere with the other themes.
do you have a screenshot of the issue?
Can you show a screenshot of the contents of your color themes folder?

Please remove the theme and see if the other themes are working again.
If they are, please upack the theme in a temp folder and copy the Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2 or Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2 folder and the matching .ReaperTheme file to your color Themes folder and test.

If removing the theme does not fix the behaviour with the other themes, I suggest moving everything but the Reaper 5 default theme to another folder and copy the other themes back one by one and test each time

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Thank you for the compliments.
Re: the track buttons.
There are the ame as the buttons on the Thin layouts in the MCP.
I sit about 3 feet from my monitor and they look OK to me, but my monitor is 39", so that may be helping.
The letters may be a little a light on other systems.
I will check tonight on the monitor at work.
The buttons on the TCP are are always left to right Mute, Solo, Phase, Recarm, Source, Monitor, FX, Env.
They are arranged in sections with a noticeable space between
Mute Solo Phase________Recarm Source Monitor________FX Env


This is odd and unfortunate.
I just downloaded and tested with the Blue version and did not see any issues.
There are no scripts or anything that should interfere with the other themes.
do you have a screenshot of the issue?
Can you show a screenshot of the contents of your color themes folder?

Please remove the theme and see if the other themes are working again.
If they are, please upack the theme in a temp folder and copy the Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2 or Solaris_LCS_Gray_v2 folder and the matching .ReaperTheme file to your color Themes folder and test.

If removing the theme does not fix the behaviour with the other themes, I suggest moving everything but the Reaper 5 default theme to another folder and copy the other themes back one by one and test each time

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I figured out what the issue was. Reaper was failing to recognize the image folder for the theme. I had to open the theme editor, manually browse for the image folder, and refresh.

Also, no worries about the buttons. I rarely use the arrange window for muting and soloing. It is a very wicked theme, and I've tried dozens. It's the theme that gets the closest to getting everything right. I tried Imperial, and it was really busy feeling. Not to mention newer versions that feature folder indentation have this little yellow window on all of the tracks that turns my purple buses pink in the MCP. Janne SSL was good for a while, but it had the same yellow windows on the tracks. Solaris just has the least number of issues for me.
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Old 11-23-2016, 05:21 PM   #18
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Hi,
i just installed the brighter theme on my computer ( i've followed the manual instruction) and when i opened the theme i've got this! (see attached pic.please) ???
What did i wrong?
not sure.
Can you show a screenshot of the contents of your color themes folder?

I just downloaded the Blue version of the theme and the Brighter pack and both worked fine for me.
It looks like the theme for you is not seeing the image folder and is using the built in Reaper v1 theme images.
This suggest that the theme for you is not seeing the image folder.
There could be several reasons for this.
The file you downloaded was not unpacked or unzipped twice.
Example: for the Blue version, when fully unpacked, you will get an image folder: Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2
and file: Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2.ReaperTheme
notice there is no 'Zip' at the end of the file name.

Please note that the pack is not a full theme, just a small set of files to replace ones in the main image folder.
The Brighter pack requires the Gray or Blue version being installed already so you can make a copy of the full image folder mentioned above to be updated with a small number of files from the pack.

If you had a working version of the theme, made a copy of the image folder and renamed it exactly as instructed, then try the following:
- load the theme in Reaper.
- open the theme tweaker.
- in click on the Browse button at the bottom right and navigate to the Solaris theme folder you updated with the brighter images. once it loads the correct images click on the Save Theme button on the upper right and let it overwrite the theme or give it a new name.

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Old 11-24-2016, 02:33 AM   #19
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not sure.
Can you show a screenshot of the contents of your color themes folder?

I just downloaded the Blue version of the theme and the Brighter pack and both worked fine for me.
It looks like the theme for you is not seeing the image folder and is using the built in Reaper v1 theme images.
This suggest that the theme for you is not seeing the image folder.
There could be several reasons for this.
The file you downloaded was not unpacked or unzipped twice.
Example: for the Blue version, when fully unpacked, you will get an image folder: Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2
and file: Solaris_LCS_Blue_v2.ReaperTheme
notice there is no 'Zip' at the end of the file name.

Please note that the pack is not a full theme, just a small set of files to replace ones in the main image folder.
The Brighter pack requires the Gray or Blue version being installed already so you can make a copy of the full image folder mentioned above to be updated with a small number of files from the pack.

If you had a working version of the theme, made a copy of the image folder and renamed it exactly as instructed, then try the following:
- load the theme in Reaper.
- open the theme tweaker.
- in click on the Browse button at the bottom right and navigate to the Solaris theme folder you updated with the brighter images. once it loads the correct images click on the Save Theme button on the upper right and let it overwrite the theme or give it a new name.

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thank you for your clear response and after trying i got it work
wonderful theme!!
thank you for the time you take for us!!
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:32 PM   #20
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lucas LCS, love this theme (Solaris Blue V2). The one item I can't seem to locate is the 'width' knob that often appears on other themes, usually alongside the pan knob. I use this function extensively when mixing. Am I missing something? I'm using the 'fullscreen' mixer layout. Is there a separate graphic element I need to import from somewhere else? Apologies if this has already been discussed, but in looking through any conversations about this theme, I couldn't find anything. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me with this!
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:35 PM   #21
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The one item I can't seem to locate is the 'width' knob..
The layouts only show the single Pan knob by default.
Right click on the Pan knob and select 'Stereo Pan'.
This will give you Pan and Width knobs.
The 'Dual Pan' mode will give you Right and Left pan knobs.

If you use either of these non-default pan modes, I suggest you leave it always in the selected mode after that since it changes how the pan sounds spatially and switching it back to single pan mode with alter that sound.

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