Christian D. wrote:Hello...
Just some clarification. Removing the channel type colors was a deliberate decision in order to remove the "competition" between having track colors and another system based on channel types (there are also event colors, usually following your track colors if you do not color events individually). Besides, it added consistency the way Nuendo uses coloring. What you have now are track colors, which are always enabled (the former on/off switch was obviously difficult to find). You can control the systematic how new tracks should be colored in the Preferences (Editing>Project&Mixer). You can also use "Use Color for similar tracks" when opening the context menu on the track list, this way you can color e.g. all group channels with the desired color in one go. Channel types are indicated by icons (and your tracks are indicated by the colors you select for them), especially clear to see in at the bottom of the mixer. This streamlines the use of colors in a logical fashion.
Improving ways of spotting different channel- (or track-) types does not have to be necessarily achieved by just using colors, there could be also other ways we are thinking about. But for now that is the system we have implemented.
Btw, regarding "Steinberg loves to have everything dark and grey": Did you see, already with the release if Cubase 5.5, that you gained much more freedom to setup the general appearance in nearly every color tone, intensity and brightness you wish, incl. reducing the Workspace Brightness to nearly black? That was a request for years. Quite a bunch of people love to have the UI toned back dark and grey - so that the events itself can pop out much better - if you like it this way.
Thanks for clarifying the rationale behind the change, but the point a lot of people are raising here is that they rely on a combination
of the mixer chanel colour and
the channel type colour to manouvre around the mixer quickly. A small "channel type icon" at the bottom of the channel is not as effective for this.
You mention events and Nuendo, but events are not displayed in the mixer, so event colours don't impact on this issue. And continuity of appearance with Nuendo means nothing if you're not using both programs.
There is nothing wrong with the system of assigning colours to tracks per se
. In fact, having Track colours permanently on seems in my view to be a sensible improvent. "Use colour for similar tracks" would also seem to be very handy. The issue is not with the handling of track colours, but with the change from using fader background colour to an icon for identifying channel type.
For instance, it would be a reasonable work flow to allign 8 different tracks of, say, percussion, side by side in the mixer window. This percussion group shares 2 or 3 send FX, and all of these 10 channels are routed to a group channel. By putting the fx returns and the group channel alongside the individual percussion track channels in the mixer you have all your faders that govern this group in one area of the mixer, which makes it very easy to work on this group. All 11 mixer channels in this group inc. FX returns and the group channel are coloured blue using the assignable track colours, allowing the constituent parts of the group to be quickly identified as homogenous.
Further differenting the channel types by fader background colour allows you to see very quickly both what is what -track, return or group, and also that all the tracks are pertinent to the same instrument group.
Yet another monochrome icon in or near the fader area, such as the channel type icon, does not give this information nearly as readily.
As regards the other point of the "dark and moody" Cubase colour scheme, that's not an issue - there is plenty of provision for changing the colour scheme if you wish to.