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  • Give us some colours on the UI :)

    So far I love my BB, including the very straightforward UI, though sometimes I feel a bit bored about the lack of colors and the 8-bit style font. It's high contrast type of UI may also cause fatigue I believe.

    I know it's part of the spirit of the modular world from where the BB has its origins (bitbox/toolbox etc), but in contrary to a modular setup, we will tend to spend more time on the BBs screen as it has less unitary functionality and plays standalone too.

    For those who've been kids in the 80s, the current colour scheme reminds me a lot a DOS game by IBM called Alley Cat (see picture), not sure it was intended though
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    I was thinking more color-coding "à la TE Op-1", a bit of colour around the interface and a smoother font would make the BB more plaisant to use.

    Of course, if that means more CPU usage and having to forget other functionality, you can just confirm that and ignore my request. I prefer the functionality over graphics. But at least, I believe some minimal color coding that includes more colours than the current two (Purple and Blue) shouldn't be too much resource hungry.
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  • #2
    Totally agree ! And color could be an improvement on the sequencer ; I think i’ve saw a thread about this !


    • #3
      +1 for some color options!


      • #4
        i ve already post a similar request
        When you have 12 sequences with differents sounds ( for exemple) , small columns with color will be practical to see quickly in sequence view what sounds are in the sequence .
        So 16 color ?
        for now we have small white columns in a pink case , if you want to see the sound you must go in ...


        • #5
          frankly speaking Im very sceptic with the idea using color. The display is so lean and clear. The color used in current state highlights exactly what is important. Nothing is distracting. And this is my main fear, having a paintbox that looses simplicity and increase distraction.

          If this idea will be an option to switch on and off or customizable than I'm fine.


          • Georges
            Georges commented
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            take a look at the korg kronos’s interpretation of pad colors:

          • TheSchizoid
            TheSchizoid commented
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            that's way to much color for my taste. red chassis, loads of color on the screen, that's too much input for myself and too distracting...maybe if I see the Korg in reality its better.

        • #6
          In my request I’m not asking the UI to be colorful like a toy. The use of colors should be functional.

          I cited “OP-1 like” functional approach where each color has a meaning. Say for example in the record functions I would like to see some red and maybe some orange during overdub.

          Fact is right now we are limited to a couple of colors.

          Also right now everything is quite high contrast, I’m ok with that, especially if it does save some battery and resources, however, I would appreciate some smoother colors and fonts.

          This could be optional for those who are used to the modular world were this kind of UI is suitable.


          • #7
            Reviving this idea as I realize I spent quite sometime on the screen of the BB compared to the time spent on a mono-function device.

            Some additional color coding and font smoothing would not only be more pleasant to the eye but also make the workflow faster.


            • #8
              I would love to see an OP-1 style UI for the Blackbox. This screen has a lot of potential and adding some color options would not only look great but make it a lot more usable.

              I’d like to color codes for sample type, fx on/off, muting, unsaved changes.


              • #9
                I'm pretty sure if the UI colors would be user customizable, users would come up with amazing colour themes.
                So, yes, +1 for more and other colors in the UI!


                • #10
                  Pink + Blue is cool but having [Purple, Lime], [Orange, Beige], [Navy, Burnt Orange], [Slate, Pink] like themes would be adorable.


                  • #11
                    Alley Cat was one of my favorite games as a kid!


                    • #12
                      As well as offering the ability to colour pads for ease of recognition, I'd love some visual indication of whether you've actually hit a pad and it's in its release or attack phase. Most of my samples are very long and often I hit a pad then wonder if it's been recognised. Or I hit one by accident then get an unfortunate surprise when it fades out prematurely. If it flashed or something, that would help me out.


                      • #13

                        I really like the idea of using the colors of the controls in the UI to make it instantly understandable what part of the UI a physical knob connects to, like in the OP-1.

                        I'm not saying 1010 should steal that idea, but if I could change the colors of certain parts of the UI, I could then switch the knobs on my blackbox (and bluebox when it arrives) to match those colors. That would be a nice and very entry-level way to mod your machine slightly and give it some personal flair.


                        • #14
                          As somebody who loves sampling but hates the magenta/cyan combo, I would looooove to change them too.


                          • #15
                            The Pink is a brand thing. It's cool and can work just fine imo but it's how you match colours. If that is the 1010 colour then it needs to visually bang and look sick. At the moment it doesn't 'pop', to use an embarassing design term, because it's too close in value to the light grey and the Blue. Either the pink needs to richer and the blue more pastel (I'd personally push it a little toward mint myself) or go baby pink (also totally cool!) and electrify that blue
                            It seems like a bitchy thing to get worked up about but my first reactions when playing with this thing when I first got it really was that the UI colour work really does not do many favours to what a modern and slick little box this is. I've stopped worrying myself about it as I'm just more engaged in the box now but I have to agree with the thread that it does not to the machine justice.

                            All that said. The use of purple i've seen in the Bluebox looks very cool btw!