Fist of all let me thank you Martin and Robin for your work, for making our musician dreams come true!
I hoped the day will come and someone will marry a looper to a sequencer in the way you guys just did.
Speciality of my work as a mixer, a composer and a guitar player requires experience in using of several DAWs including Cubase, ProTools, Reaper and Ableton on a regular basis. I’ve spent some time and made a comparison between those DAWs and ALK2. I have several criteria in mind of what makes a DAW a good one.
Below are my suggestions about what to improve or add to make ALK a better DAW.
1. Starting with improvements. User Interface & Logic
a) Main cursor that indicates the position on the timeline. It would be much better if it will be ticker and will be running across all the tracks.
b) Any kind of animation of elements of the interface is excessive. Maybe just get rid of it?
-selecting tracks on mouse hover.
Just make it as simple as possible and convenient. If you need to select a track than you just point and click on it and it stay selected no matter where the cursor moves.
c) Separate windows or areas for the list of tracks and for properties/settings of a selected track. Just need to see everything on the same time while editing, the list of track on the time line and settings for the selected track.
d) Tools panel on the right. Eating too much space. Better to rotate it by 90 degrees and join to the main transport panel at the bottom.
e) a mixer view on a separate window. ‘cause all the volumes, pans and routings of every track is better to have on the same view.
f) parameters and keyboard input. Every parameter that has a numeric value is better to have somewhere near the corresponding wheel or fader. It’s a big time saver when you see the actual value, but not only a pair of pixels of the indication bar. The same is for the keyboard input. If you know the value the fastest way is to just input it.
g) Default values on mouse double-click or Cmd+click. Sends, Pan, Volume etc. Saves time.
e) Marker track. Necessary for navigation
2. Necessary add-ons. Time & Synchronization
a) Tempo track. ‘Cause tempo may change during a composition.
b) Midi (Beat) Clock. Synchronization to incoming clock and ability to send external clock. Without it it’s impossible to synchronize with external gear (synthesizers, drum-machines etc.)
c) Rewire. To integrate ALK into common DAWs
d) MTC/SMPTE. Synchronization to incoming clock and ability to send external clock
Please feel free to discuss. Tell if you agree or not and why. If my suggestions will be useful, then I will dig deeper and debug more. Let’s make ALK the best DAW among all the loopers!