Old 04-20-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default GRAY MATTER V4 Theme

Hi everyone, I'm glad to finally release the first version of this new V4 theme I've been working on for month.
I'm proud of it, so I hope it'll be useful to some of you.

Here's the download page (updated 08-30-2011) :

GrayMatter theme pack
* theme file : GrayMatter_beta3 & GrayMatter_Dark_beta3
* instructions : english / français
* replacement font (for XP or Mac)
* Basic toolbar
* Alternate theme files : solo, mute, red recarm buttons (see readme.txt)

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GRAY MATTER


GRAY MATTER DARK


ICONS :
I've prepared a lot but some obvious ones are still missing so there will be updates.
I'd be glad to take requests/ideas for more icons !




LAYOUTS :
There's a lot of them too so be sure to try them all to find what you like :
* global options in Mixer : 1) pan on top - 2) pan knobs/faders
* meter width in Mixer : default/large
* panel width in Mixer : sidebar/default/small/smaller
(the small and smaller extend their controls in big vertical mixers).
* colored faders in Mixer : black, blue, green, red.
* Vertical meters in tcp.
* separators (Mixer & tcp) : be sure to create a custom action to set both tcp and mcp as separators simultaneously.
* lock (Mixer & tcp) : to lock volume and pan only (other controls available).

[IMG]http://img137.**************/img137/9721/mixerh.png[/IMG]


TRANSPORT :
Normal or small sized, the transport can fit in a neat little box (floating or docked).
[IMG]http://img863.**************/img863/9292/transport01.png[/IMG][IMG]http://img863.**************/img863/9869/transport02.png[/IMG]

Appearance settings :

[IMG]http://img850.**************/img850/9403/prefs.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img19.**************/img19/2024/prefs2.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img17.**************/img17/7273/prefappearance3.th.png[/IMG]


Problems may arise due to the the font I selected for the Vol/Pan label category : Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven (alternate font provided in the pack).
If you don't have it, it still looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)

Update :
06-19-2011 : beta 3 (Mixer options : Pan Faders - Pan on Top, TCP color strip layouts, new mute/solo buttons)
05-24-2011 : beta 2 (MCP small meter, TCP record input + input fx revealed only when rec armed, TCP width control only for stereo pan and dual pan modes)
05-20-2011 : beta 1 (TCP vertical meters, transport centered layouts, more icons)
04-25-2011 : alpha 2 (pan faders for TCP, separator as folder shows mute/solo controls, more toolbar icons...)
04-24-2011 : the theme pack contains a replacement font for XP or Mac (thanks to Hopi !).
All comments and suggestions are welcome !
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:02 PM   #2
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reminded me of the song.... Grey Matter, Grey Matter Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh! Looks great. Nice work
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:03 PM   #3
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Great job! It looks very clean. It's easy on the eyes.
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what exactly IS the font... ?
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Very nice Bernstraw.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:24 PM   #6
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what exactly IS the font... ?
It's "Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven used for the Vol/Pan label font category.
I've just tested with other fonts, and it looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:39 PM   #7
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Love this theme! Like others, this is easy on the eyes. And the toolbar icons are
clean / readable!!!


If I could change one thing - I would ask that the track metering stand out similar
(if not more) to the effect you have in the master channel.

I changed the metering colors in preferences, but they show lighter than I want.
I want the meters to jump out.

- maybe a layout choice?

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Old 04-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #8
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It's "Calibri" (8) on Windows Seven used for the Vol/Pan label font category.
I've just tested with other fonts, and it looks ok with these classic ones :
* Comic Sans MS (7)
* Arial (8)
* Arial Black (7)
I suppose that is all good enough then... but wonder why not just package the font file with the theme? It's just a ttf font right?

If you need a mac version I can likely do a conversion of it
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Very beautiful. Probably the best R4 theme so far imho.
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If I could change one thing - I would ask that the track metering stand out similar (if not more) to the effect you have in the master channel.

I changed the metering colors in preferences, but they show lighter than I want.
I want the meters to jump out.

- maybe a layout choice?
I'm afraid there can be only one vu file alowed by Walter, so an alternate meter layout isn't possible.
The meters are semi-transparent to be able to remain interlaced while still having 4 solid colors (gray -18 white -6 orange 0 red).
So when you edit the colors in the theme editor, you don't change much, you have to edit the mcp_vu.png file.
Btw, take anything, change what you want and upload, I have no pb with that of course.

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I suppose that is all good enough then... but wonder why not just package the font file with the theme? It's just a ttf font right?

If you need a mac version I can likely do a conversion of it
Thanks, I just didn't think of this possibility
Do you think it's ok to upload a font in the stash ?
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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Nice theme, very rational. Thank you!
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:25 PM   #12
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Very interesting theme, thanks for sharing!
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I'm afraid there can be only one vu file alowed by Walter, so an alternate meter layout isn't possible.
The meters are semi-transparent to be able to remain interlaced while still having 4 solid colors (gray -18 white -6 orange 0 red).
So when you edit the colors in the theme editor, you don't change much, you have to edit the mcp_vu.png file.
Btw, take anything, change what you want and upload, I have no pb with that of course.


Thank you for the offer and how to possibly do that... But I have never created / or edited a
theme at the Walter level. I wish I could, but I don't know where to start. Sorry I have to
expose my ignorance here.



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Thanks, I just didn't think of this possibility
Do you think it's ok to upload a font in the stash ?
No if that font isn't free.

Nice theme, btw
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Calibri is a free font, I believe.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:43 PM   #16
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Nice looking but the wave file items are Waaay to light and would be difficult to see what is selected for stuff like takes and comps.
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That's quite a bit of TCP magic when it resizes.

It'll take me time to get used to the button images. Having a good time here already as it's very easy on the eyes.

Wow. Lots of good work in this. Thanks for sharing. It'll take a lot of time to explore this fully.
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Agree about the TCP resizing, awesome. I love the tcp meters with the round edges. If you can only have one meter, how do I choose that one? oh, it is default, nice haha
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:38 PM   #19
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@Bernstraw

Thanx a lot mate for sharing this great theme. Download it but exactly missing the font for it to look exactly like ur screenshot. Still, thanx for sharing and really nice in the eye and details are nicely done

If any specific setup, please share also waiting for the icons!!!

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Very good, I really like it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:04 PM   #21
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oh ps to OP I have Calibri for windows in a few versions

bold, bold italic, italic and regular... which do you use? all? just reg????
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Nice work.
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Very nice indeed.

Tried it on my laptop, cause I'm watching hockey.
Down to the studio later.

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:40 PM   #24
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Very nice theme! I love V4 default theme and stayed with it after trying different ones, but this one is really nice.
Maybe, I missed something, but I haven't seen the "special-separator" track layout before, and I like it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:47 PM   #25
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Some very nice ideas in this theme, but... it's too grey for me needs more contrast
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Pure genius

Could you include yore toolbar it looks well thought out ..


Thanks Jed

Note........
I'm finding having the sends/master disabled and mutes in the tcp the same color a little disorientating.
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Looks really impressive ... Downloading now ... thanks!
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If any specific setup, please share also waiting for the icons!!!

Cheers!
Ah you're right, here are my appearance settings :

[IMG]http://img850.**************/img850/9403/prefs.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img19.**************/img19/2024/prefs2.th.png[/IMG]

Check "draw label above the item" to be able to see the little arrow on top right corner of selected items (I could make them bigger btw).
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Could you include yore toolbar it looks well thought out ..


Thanks Jed

Note........
I'm finding having the sends/master disabled and mutes in the tcp the same color a little disorientating.
I've been thinking about this myself, so what about light gray instead ? (a bit hard to judge out of context though)

[IMG]http://img20.**************/img20/2829/receive.png[/IMG]

Also here's the toolbar action list + the midi editor mouse modifiers buttons (left click / left drag / right drag) :

[IMG]http://img689.**************/img689/3640/toolslist.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img155.**************/img155/3751/mousemod.th.png[/IMG]
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Looks great, plays nice and has some very satisfying lines of walter ...excellent
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Thank You Sir !
It's all thanks to you and the other Walter pioneers like Silent (from which I borrowed a lot) !
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Genius!!! (yes you are!)

btw - more layouts for TCP could be nice.
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One of the best themes!!!

BTW, find some useful ideas for my theme, thanks
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Excellent theme, wow!
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fantastic! I love it. A theme like this doesn't make me focus on one thing or one section... which is good - well done!
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Bloody me! This stuff is good. A little bit of Podium spice maybe. Probably not...
Anyway I feel this 'Reaper 4' thing's gonna be epidemic. It's already like: nuclear Reaction, Grey and Dark Matter... what else Singularity.

Walter should be proud!
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Thanks, very well thought out
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Thanx @Bernstraw!!

Appreciate and indeed, can you please include your Toolbar in because it really looks well thought of and would like to give it a try.

I think there must be a way that if a Theme dev create a theme, Reaper should be able to exactly when we add that Theme in Reaper, to exactly show as the Dev did it and how it looks in the screenshot instead of always having to go and change things in Preferences under Media etc... I don't know if this is possible for Dev's to enable something in Reaper so reaper can always keep whatever Theme you load with its Tweaks from Dev.

Thanx again for this nice Theme @Bernstraw

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Well I found this a bit "monotone" at first glance, but after downloading it and using it, I have to say it's one of the best. Put a nice custom colour on the tracks and it just pops. Love the divider tracks. I'm thinking this'll be my default. Great work.
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There's clearly a TON of work gone into this creation and I HAD to download it and give it a shot. There's bound to be some WALTER inspiration in your code that I can learn from.

Awesome work Bernstraw.
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I've been thinking about this myself, so what about light gray instead ? (a bit hard to judge out of context though)

[IMG]http://img20.**************/img20/2829/receive.png[/IMG]

Also here's the toolbar action list + the midi editor mouse modifiers buttons (left click / left drag / right drag) :

[IMG]http://img689.**************/img689/3640/toolslist.th.png[/IMG] [IMG]http://img155.**************/img155/3751/mousemod.th.png[/IMG]

Thanks Bernstraw

I would like to be brave enough to suggest having the mutes and solos fully lit with color instead of dark gray.

At the moment it just feels a little confusing when trying to scan down a row of tracks to find which sends are groups etc.

Altogether though truly great.....

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