Old 07-17-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hey,
about two years ago I made a combination of the beautiful Albert-C "pro x-tools" theme and some elements of the great JanneV-themes. I wanted something that was easy on the eyes and clear arranged.

I almost completed it, but ran out of time and had to stop tweaking. I used it the way it is for some time now. the arrangement of the tcp elements isn't perfect. And in the new version of Reaper my left pan knob graph in the mixer disappeared. As I mentioned it is almost ready...

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Here is the link to the finished theme, so you don't have to scroll all the way down for it:
https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2350/C...eaperThemeZip]
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:21 PM   #2
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that’s a really great theme! what do you regard as unfinished?
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:04 AM   #3
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Thanks! Some detail work has to be done, but the main issue is that up to "Reaper-534" my mixer looks fine like this:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/XWTNK1WnttKbghau8

But in newer Reaper versions one pan knob is missing:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/8SHTL9RpnnrE8gyL8

And the second thing that I think should be fixed is:
the clickable area around the folder button (not the button itself) is too small. If you want to hide or show children-tracks you have to click way too often until you accidentally hit the right pixel.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/6b2S9uiwuXZ366UPA

Maybe someone could fix that for me or could tell me how it's done?

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Old 07-18-2019, 02:04 PM   #4
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Wow. Awesome looking theme.
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Old 07-27-2019, 10:01 AM   #5
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Dude, I love you. Hahaha, this looks sooooooooooooo good, not only in pictures, I loaded it in Reaper, it indeed looks like in the Screenshots. Wow.

If I could have one request: Have ADDITIONAL layout for transport: Always centered (but DON'T remove main layout, looks great that way too).

Thanks for sharing, I love it, I can't be clearer than that. HUgSSSSSs

EDit: Not getting pan knob/knobs here, just a line. Only Stereo pan shows 1 (Right one). Thanks.
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Old 07-27-2019, 07:04 PM   #6
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Looks nice!
has a good vibe.

PAN KNOB ISSUE
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... in newer Reaper versions one pan knob is missing ..
The only issue I could see was that your Large pan knob PNG was transparent and the designated active area was smaller than your Small pan knob.
Not sure why the pan issue is happening since you're using the same size for all trackmodes.
I was able to fix it by deleting the large pan knob file and replacing it with a copy of the small pan knob.
I've attached the copy to this post.

FOLDER BUTTON ISSUE
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... clickable area around the folder button (not the button itself) is too small.
Your issue with the Folder button is caused by it being covered by track label.
Here are the front, folder and label code changes I made to fix it:
Code:
front mcp.pan.label mcp.width.label mcp.fx mcp.fxbyp mcp.trackidx mcp.recinput mcp.recarm mcp.folder

set mcp.folder folderstate<0 [77 303 9 17 0 1 0 1] [-1 303 17 17 0 1 0 1]

set mcp.label.margin [3 -8 3 0 0.5]
- The Front Code moves the Folder Button the top layer so it's on top of the track label
- The Folder Code moves the Folder Button down slightly to help clear the track label text.
- The Label Margin Code moves the track label text up slightly to help clear the Folder button.
I thought this produced the best compromise while giving good access to both elements.

IO BUTTON ISSUE
I noticed your IO button shifts when the mouse hovers over it and shifts again when you press it.
Looked at it and found the third image of the button was cut off on the right side.
I've attached a corrected button for comparison.
You will need to go through and edit all of the IO buttons to fully correct this.

COLOR FADERS
Also attached are some fader colors for you to replace the current ones with ones that are based on the default to help retain the look of the theme.

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File Type: png mcp_pan_knob_large.png (6.5 KB, 68 views)
File Type: png mcp_io.png (5.5 KB, 38 views)
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File Type: zip CustomBlackFaders.zip (19.6 KB, 15 views)
File Type: zip CustomBlackTCPfaders.zip (24.6 KB, 15 views)

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Old 07-28-2019, 01:52 AM   #7
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I love the MCP colored faders (different style than the original White one), for me I would love the original fader (white) to be same style as the rest. (TCP white fader original for me is great too).

For me (besides the MIDI window needing work to match the TCP and MCP color scheme),
this is one of the best themes, and this theme has what others seem to forget it's maybe the most important thing: Clarity:
You can read everything very well, while not being cluttered, while looking classy and sweet.

Transport is perfect, font style weight color vs background is perfect, T buttons look
perfectly readable-

Text in icons (menus) is perfectly clear: in other words Fonts/Text anywhere on the
theme doesn't force me to squint to read it.

Track text (title, track number) in MCP and TCP again, very clear.

Text in Timeline (numbers and dividing lines) perfectly readable.

M and S buttons, even if small (but perfect) font is perfectly readable.

Other elements perfectly understandable like: Receive/send/master

Sliders very clear (up down, left right).

Texture on MCP's Fx/Sends/FX Parameters area gives it a nice touch.


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I get pan knobs on TCP but not on MCP
FX button on MCP looks streched.
Buttons on MCP are kind of a mess: monitor input vs phase (like they are in the same place but there is an extra black square above them).
Green fader never shows green, but on TCP black and in MCP weird colored.

***
All in all this theme feels like very comfortable to work in, as it seems it
allows you to focus on working rather than fighting the environment.

I hope you finish it mate

(suggestion maybe using your color theme make Midi window as clear as Logic Pro X's).
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One of the most legible and nicely laid out themes going.

Easy on the eyes and well laid out.

Thanks for all of your efforts.


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Old 07-29-2019, 12:24 AM   #9
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Looks nice!
has a good vibe.

PAN KNOB ISSUE
The only issue I could see was that your Large pan knob PNG was transparent and the designated active area was smaller than your Small pan knob.
Not sure why the pan issue is happening since you're using the same size for all trackmodes.
I was able to fix it by deleting the large pan knob file and replacing it with a copy of the small pan knob.
I've attached the copy to this post.

FOLDER BUTTON ISSUE
Your issue with the Folder button is caused by it being covered by track label.
Here are the front, folder and label code changes I made to fix it:
Code:
front mcp.pan.label mcp.width.label mcp.fx mcp.fxbyp mcp.trackidx mcp.recinput mcp.recarm mcp.folder

set mcp.folder folderstate<0 [77 303 9 17 0 1 0 1] [-1 303 17 17 0 1 0 1]

set mcp.label.margin [3 -8 3 0 0.5]
- The Front Code moves the Folder Button the top layer so it's on top of the track label
- The Folder Code moves the Folder Button down slightly to help clear the track label text.
- The Label Margin Code moves the track label text up slightly to help clear the Folder button.
I thought this produced the best compromise while giving good access to both elements.

IO BUTTON ISSUE
I noticed your IO button shifts when the mouse hovers over it and shifts again when you press it.
Looked at it and found the third image of the button was cut off on the right side.
I've attached a corrected button for comparison.
You will need to go through and edit all of the IO buttons to fully correct this.

COLOR FADERS
Also attached are some fader colors for you to replace the current ones with ones that are based on the default to help retain the look of the theme.

.
Thank you very much! :-)
Your fixes work perfectly
I think I did not make the slight movement of the IO-button on purpose, but I was never bothered by it. I even think it makes me see easier where my mouse pointer is at.

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Old 07-29-2019, 07:30 AM   #10
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You're welcome!.

Here are some alternative MCP Folder buttons to use if you like.
you will need to change the code to reflect the new size.
all these folders images are 15 x 15
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Hey guys, Lucas and company, care to share the updated version pleasE? Thanks.
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Hey,
today I spent a lot of time fixing everything that bothered me with my theme.
Now I would consider it as "finished".
Of course some detail work could be done, but at the moment it's good enough for me.

https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2350/C...ReaperThemeZip
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Hey,
today I spent a lot of time fixing everything that bothered me with my theme.
Now I would consider it as "finished".
Of course some detail work could be done, but at the moment it's good enough for me.

https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2350/C...ReaperThemeZip
Thanks so much for sharing, wow. You even fixed the midi window. Great stuff, love
the midi velocity colors. And that the midi events or whatever you call them (notes)
are straight edges not rounded.
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Hey,
today I spent a lot of time fixing everything that bothered me with my theme.
Now I would consider it as "finished".
Of course some detail work could be done, but at the moment it's good enough for me.

https://stash.reaper.fm/theme/2350/C...ReaperThemeZip
Brilliant man, looks really great, thanks for that!
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Now we need a super awesome loading image to fit this theme :P (Custom splash screen), and a wallpaper
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You are welcome! :-)


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Now we need a super awesome loading image to fit this theme :P (Custom splash screen), and a wallpaper
You can do it if you like, I don't know how to modify that. :-D
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Just wanted you to know you made someone very happy, lol.
Weird I am no longer looking for that "perfect" theme.
Even though I have others in my system, this one is my default
I don't feel like changing it.
It simply works (so far :P).

Cheers mate.
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This is soooo beautiful. I just saw this uploaded in the stash and I couldn't believe it! You are amazing!! I love the black and blue feel. The contrast and sharpness in this theme is so good. It just looks soooooo high def. Love it!


I wish track backgrounds were tinted without having to select them. Also wish when you select the track the mixer wouldn't get so bright. When using track inspector layout and you can only see one track, it will always be very bright and it doesn't quite fit.

Love the MIDI editor. Love the colormap. Everything is just very easy to follow! Awesome job really
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