Old 02-07-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default ANALOG API 5 ...Beta Available

V5 b11.5 31-05-18


Not released yet - still some bug fix to do before b12
New colors, with a more balanced palette, avoiding extreme contrast. eye catching colors only when it's useful.




V5 b11 05-02-18


BETA AVAILABLE
MCP only, the rest is still from API V4
To joint the beta testing team, please send me your email adress in PM, I will send you the download link and the instructions.



V5 b10 - 31-01-18

Master layout

Separator Layout (with solo mute folders as srews, so you can use it as a folder)



V5 b09 - 01-01-18

3 more layouts:

- group & vca:
Repaer is awesome because one track can become so many things. The down side of it is that it can be misleading.
I think this is especially tricky with VCA and groups: they are not tracks, they are controlers. I think this fact can be clearer when all the unrelated fonction are taken off the layout, that's why there is no meter, routing or insert in those layouts: there is no audio or midi inside.

- midi:
Usefull when the track is only a midi source to send data to other tracks.
It can also be used as a generator track to load a multi output vsti (kontakt or any drums vst), with each outputs of the vsti sent to separated tracks
More recording related fonction apears when the track is record armed.







V5 b08 - 30-12-17

Resizable

New layouts:
- RETURN (for reverbs and delays)
- MIX SESSION: when recording is over, you can get rid of the rec related buttons. this layout can turn into a bus layout when it's a floder
- FORCED LAYOUT: recording and bus (they are a part of the main layout, but they are forced to their state of recording or bus. usefull if you want to have the bus layout witout folder)




Next on my to do list:
- midi layout
- group layout
- vca layout
- master track

V5 b07 - 23-12-17 multi layout!

There is only one layout here, but it is quite flexible:

- it turns into a bus layout when the track is a folder
- it turns into a recodring layout when the track is armed

No sws required, it is just walter lines, image shifts and many magic tricks found in the books of the white wizard, thanks to him.

Next steps are:
- master track
- more layouts (fx/midi/vca)
- resizable
- and then beta available

Once again, a this point, no aestetic choices are made






V.5 b06 - 01/12/17: big step: APIv5 is being waltered! for now only one layer, only all buttons off



V.5 b05 - 13/08/17: One step backward, two steps ahead: back to 2D (for now) redefined layout and workflow (it's officially two years since b00, and still no working version ahead! better laught about it .. i guess...)





V.5 b04 - 01/06/16: If we have to wait long, lets make it worth! ... I have no idea where I am going with this... hopefully I'll pull it off



V.5 b03 - 05/03/16: some little tweaks, and there we have a nice 32 track template to start working, the second version is with a folder structure


V.5 b02 - 02/03/16: still no esthetic choice made, all different strips


V.5 b01 - 15/09/15: no esthetic choice made, for now it's only about the layout


V.5 b00 - 24/08/15: Starting from the scratch: morking on the structure to be as close as possible from an analog console workflow.


Hi Guys,
There will be an API v5. "When?" is an ambarassing question

I was a designer student at the time I started this theming thing and now I am out in the wild as freelancer, so the side projects like this one are now difficult to keep up, So I don't know how long it will take to finish it but I will anyway!

I am really interested of what the long therm users of this API theme think and would like to see improved!

Cheers,
Pyer

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Old 02-07-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Great news! Great theme. Thanks a lot.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:02 AM   #3
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Cool! Love the original.
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Old 02-08-2014, 11:16 AM   #4
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Very nice theme I love it !
For me there are 2 things that would improve workflow when using API:
- I find myself mousing over the symbols on the TCP and MCP buttons cause I never get used to them for some reason...an alternative TCP/MCP with easier to spot buttons would be nice. Especially FX and Enveloppe. One typical FX button and one ENV button would help easier spoting when working. The symbols on the buttons are very nice and part of the API charm though but a little hard to work with IMO.

- The main toolbar I'm faster working with the usual symbols than writings.
It would be nice to have those yellow lit symbols metronome,grid,snap,etc. as alternative.

That's just me...but it's just a worflow thing that I'm used to !
Maybe some people would like that too...
Cause the theme is one of the most beautifull theme for sure to my taste.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:36 AM   #5
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Looks great!
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:57 AM   #6
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Loved the last one. The thing is, I barely bring up the master and if I do it's full screen, which your last theme was GREAT for BTW. If it helps you imagine, I use a workflow similar to Pro Tools where I am either seeing the TCP or the Mixer, never both.

That being said it would be great if you could make a fully functional TCP layout with all the buttons the default theme has with a nice long fader.



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Old 02-10-2014, 08:52 AM   #7
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New in v5:
- better and cleaner graphic design
- MAYBE let some layouts down to focus on a perfectly crafted console layout
- MAYBE an ipad controll app with the same graphics (yes its possible with TB MIDI stuff you can load your own animated png, it's a 4$ app and the API preset would be free)
- MAYBE 3 versions: analog (the one you know), monochrome dark and monochrome white
- MAYBE anything you would have to propose,

I am really interested of what the long therm users of this API theme think and would like to see improved!

Cheers,
Pyer

Pyer,
I'm a long time Analog API theme user. In fact, it's the theme that I use 99% of the time. I really appreciate the work that you've done of the theme. It is fun to use. I have noticed a few small things that could be cleaned up. I'll type more of a reply when I get home tonight!

One quick question: are those VU meters at the top of the illustration that you posted? I just switched consoles and now I don't have VU's for every channel, I'd LOVE to have them in the DAW!

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Old 02-12-2014, 03:26 PM   #8
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Pyer,
I work on a 27" screen and I LOVE the darker theme, while it still has a bit of texture to it. Again, thank you for your work. I really love this theme. For one reason or another I find that it is faster for my workflow. I've tried others and even Albert's PT Gold, but I always come back to API.

Here are some observations and notes. I feel almost silly writing these because I know VERY little about theming. So, if something sounds dumb, it's just me not understanding.

I don't play in the TCP much, so I'm not much help there.

As someone else mentioned, I too get confused easily by the FX/Envelope buttons. After plenty of practice, I know where the buttons are that I need, but I can't tell you what the symbols mean. On the other hand, I don't mind the Toolbar buttons at all. (Everyone is different.)

I'm not able to change the TRACK NAME to any other color. I find that it gets a bit hard to read at times. If there's a trick, please let me know!

I absolutely LOVE the choice of track styles in the MPC. The Sidecar style is my favorite because it offers a nice tall meter. I do wish that there was a "recording" preset that offered tall meters without worrying about the sends and returns being visible. (Again, If I'm being stupid, please help me here.) The Sidecar is good for this, but with multiple inputs, the Sidecar style is a little too thick for more than 12-14 inputs at a time. Maybe there's something that I'm missing.

When I turn the tiny API styled Send knobs, they don't make my sound more "analog". Just kidding... those are a really nice touch.

I just traded consoles, so now I'm missing my VU meters that I used to have on my old console. Looking at the picture above, are you looking to add VU meters to the tracks? It may be for another use, I'm just curious. I've always wondered about this and why it could not be included, along side a bar meter. Both are helpful.

I hope that helps.
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Looks incredible
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Hi Guys,
thanks for your support and feedback. Right now there is only cosmetic changes in my mind, but with your advices there will be a lot more.
I was thinking to let down the sidecar mode and concentrate on more variation of the console view but as it seams more usefull than I thought I will give it a try

FYI the yellow creens are now analog vewmeters, volume and pan info will be displayed there

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Old 02-15-2014, 01:45 AM   #11
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One thing i would like is less buttons on the tracks.
3 buttons to do the same (open the routing window) is not necessary.
Or the input button on the tcp. Clicking on the meter does the same.

Another thing would be a different layout for the MCP.
I think bigger faders are needed.
This is my favourite one, from REABORN DK-PRO:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/wy119vlesf0b8vg/mcp.PNG


Thanks again for giving your time to improve the theme.

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Old 07-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #12
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Pyer has been working on this for over two years. And I can add that that work has included more than making things look pretty. There's been a lot of intentional thought put into the workflow and signal path. Just notice the picture of the hand written notes. Those ideas are very interesting and welcome (in my opinion) in this day and age of "pretty" GUI's.

As someone who uses Pyer's API theme exclusively, I've been excited about this as well.

That being all said... dang it sure is pretty.
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I'd like a donate link.
No pressure or hurry.
Just want to thank the person immediately and show appreciation for such elegant simplicity.

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Old 07-25-2016, 02:00 PM   #14
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Hi guys,
Many thanks for your support it's really heart warming!

Donations would not help.... time would

All I need to finish this theme is 27 hours in a day

I started theming when I was a design student, now that I'm in real life, I have less time for side projects, but I still want it to be a labour of love, so I spent a few sessions of work here and there when I can, and I really want it to be good, so consider that it will come up one day, and I hope it will be better than Chinese Democracy
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Nice of you to even post back.
Please make some noise when this is closer.
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Old 12-23-2017, 04:18 AM   #16
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V5 b07 - 23-12-17 multi layout!

There is only one layout here, but it is quite flexible:

- it turns into a bus layout when the track is a folder
- it turns into a recodring layout when the track is armed

No sws required, it is just walter lines, image shifts and many magic tricks found in the books of the white wizard, thanks to him.

Next steps are:
- master track
- more layouts (fx/midi/vca)
- resizable
- and then beta available

Once again, a this point, no aestetic choices are made

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Nice work!
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Looks very very promising. First theme I see with decent KNOBS or designed stuff (more than decent ofc) for send controls and parameters in the mpc.

(I missed typing the object of what I was trying to say, sigh... too much eggnog I guess? )
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:00 AM   #19
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V5 b08 - 30-12-17

Resizable

New layouts:
- RETURN (for reverbs and delays)
- MIX SESSION: when recording is over, you can get rid of the rec related buttons. this layout can turn into a bus layout when it's a floder
- FORCED LAYOUT: recording and bus (they are a part of the main layout, but they are forced to their state of recording or bus. usefull if you want to have the bus layout witout folder)




Next on my to do list:
- midi layout
- group layout
- vca layout
- master track
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Old 12-30-2017, 06:53 AM   #20
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Wow, that looks like great functionality!

That's the V4 API in the TCP, I guess?
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