Maschine Plus has a bad UX experience, particularly if you have poor eyesight.
Of the smallest things I think NI could do to make Maschine Plus easier to use, is clean up the interface to make things more obvious and accessible. I have bad eyes, but even if I didn't, I would still think this area could use improvement. A performance tool should always make all states super obvious, and Maschine Plus does not.
For example, there is no indication in the screen as to which groups are muted. You have to hold mute to see this, and even then, I find the slight differences in color a stupid way to indicate mute, because I can't remember what color it was previously. The groups which are muted have their pads lit slightly less - which I can never tell in a darker environment - again, useless for performance to someone like me whose eyes are not what they used to be!
Throw a grid on top of muted groups in the display, or add something really obvious.
Selected pads are indicated with a solid color, and because the other pads around it are not that color, it stands out. Groups don't have that context. But also in pad mode, if you select all pads, they get a thick border, and that is really eye catching - I wish they did that for Groups in the display.
Give all muted groups a thick border so it's obvious they are muted, and don't make me have to hold the mute button to see that - why not just show it at all times?
This is probably a useless rant, as NI has zero history of listening to customers, and there is so much basic stuff Maschine should have by now, this isn't going to be a top priority for most users.
Anyway, I am thinking of buying a midi controller just for use with muting groups during a performance. Something with pads that are either lit, or not lit so I clearly know at a glance (in the dark) what the mute state of all groups are.
Is anyone using a second midi controller with Maschine Plus, for this kind of thing?
I'm looking for recommendations.
Do most users just have eagle eye vision?
Shouldn't NI make their software and hardware accessible ?
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