- Wavetable intended design
- Full space for SEQ/FX/XY
- Massive style modulation (for Filter)
- Partial module linking (All/Half/Amp)
- Additional “Linked Controls”
- Notify you of inactiveness in various ways
- Coordinated 4 colors make MM clear
- Comes with presets and custom wavetables
Fly from Hexagon
The central hexagon in the original skin symbolizes its name “Hive”. So they seems to be sticking to it. But…
Because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 16 step sequencer stay in a single line.
Because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 7 great effects set in a single lane.
And because of the hexagon, you cannot see the 4 XY pads placed side by side.
Ok now, fly from your hexagon and start from square one.
Colors in Order
Eclipse adopts 4(+1) colors for distinction, with each separated by rational hue distance. They’re beautiful.
These colors are used in every parts. For example, when you choose mod matrix source, the knob colors are set to those colors and indicate where their mod source is.
At first look you might think it’s too colorful, but once you start working, you’ll be grateful to its clear distinction😛
Editing mod matrices is now really intuitive. When you want to edit mod depth related to LFO, you just look for green. No need to read each label until you grasp all modulations.
Law of Friendship
What is efficiency and how do we improve it? There are many factors, but one definite measure is what I call friendship.
Say you just finish adjusting OSC1 volume, where will you go next? it is likely that you next edit OSC2 volume. Of-course it’s not always so, but there on the average must be the ranking of probability.
I personally call this “friendship“. OSC1 vol and OSC2 vol has great friendship, for example. Elements with higher friendship must be placed closer, so that your mouse movement will be minimized.
Below illustrates the area you have to move when mixing sounds (volume controls and filter routings).
You’ll soon notice that the hexagon enshrined in the center gets in your way, for you know FX/SEQ things never have stronger friendship with OSC1 than that OSC2 has with. It’s like a bed room placed between a living room and a kitchen.
So, the symmetric design does look beautiful, but does not work beautifully. You may have not recognized that, but if you try the Eclipse, you’ll understand the difference.
Above all, the “routing mixer” is quite comfortable to work with. You can at a glance get all the information related to routings, and it even quietly tells you when no signals flow into a filter (by greying out the labels).