Dear Internet. Here's something I've been working on in my free time. (Not that I get much of that, mind you.)
You see, I in my home recording studio, where my lovely wife and I make our music
, I use REAPER
, which is by all means an excellent piece of software. A while ago, I had the opportunity to test several other DAW packages as well, and found that REAPER's interface was by far
the most intuitive.
Still, I have to admit that I regularly feel claustrophobic when I run it on my 1366x768 laptop screen. I keep digging through tiny menus looking for what I need, scrolling left and right to get a better view of my track in the 1000x300 window I'm effectively left with, and overall having a pretty cringe-worthy experience. (And that's with the Classic 3.0 theme; the 4.0 theme's worse!)
Now, I realize this isn't really REAPER's fault, and would be probably alleviated if I got a larger monitor and ran Imperial
. Still, I could not help but wonder - could a DAW be reimagined to actually inspire creativity instead of limiting it? To work well across all screen sizes, without tiring one's eyes with unnecessary flair? To work for you instead of against you, and help you maintain best practices, instead of forcing you to constantly look for workarounds? And yet, provide all advanced features a professional may require - but only when and where one would need them?
This is my concept of such a DAW. It is certainly just a work in progress, and pretty much my first venture into serious UI design. But it is a work of love, and something that I'd really like to see implemented one day. I'll be updating my post as I add more features - stay tuned!