First things first, since this is my first post:
Antonello wrote:Alright, you can use this topic to give us your feedback on the desired features...
You beat me to it...
I'm a relatively new "nebulist", and for me the 2 biggest problems with Nebula (besides that fact that I need one instance for every EQ-band, but this is being addressed already) are the metering and the GUI. A plugin that is sensible to gain staging really needs good meters. As they are now they are just a bad joke. Several non-nebula developers have released good stand-alone VU meters, it can't be that hard. Now i use a metering plug in front of every instance of Nebula, which means a 3-band EQ = 6 insert slots (and Cubase has only 6 pre-fader inserts).
The GUI: Its huge, even though on most programs there are only very few (if any) adjustable parameters, and when you need to tweak the under-the-hood parameters you have to work on a minuscule LCD compared to which Windows 1.0 was very user-friendly. Nebula doesn't only sound like vintage stuff, it also feels like using a 30 year old vintage PC. And then all these acronyms... When i used Nebula for the first time i clicked on "Mast" expecting to see some nude chicks, and then discovered that this probably means master rather than masturbation.
Why not make a small interface with just the controls needed for everyday use, an LCD to display the program name, and a button that opens a large tweak window for the under-the-hood settings. The LCD should be big enough to display a full, MEANINGFUL name. If it would display something like
Modern Black Console
Master Buss (Vintage)
things would be so much easier.
Also allow the user to change program names and categories, with as many characters as needed.
Make a nice preset browser with a search function, kinda like windows explorer. And instead of seeing a category "SLK(SLK)" I'd like to see "Silk EQ".
That was the kind of thing that prevented me from buying the full version when i first tried Nebula2free a few years ago, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Now that i made the jump and got Nebula3 pro, I wish I'd have done so earlier. You need to use it for a few months before you can start appreciating it.
I understand that Nebula is a deep application and requires some understanding of how it works to get the most out of it, but the way it is now is just über-geeky.
I'm sorry, this probably comes across like a rant, its not meant to be, I love how it sounds, its just kinda sad that such a great program is such a PITA to use because of a horrible UI.
It deserves better than that.