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One-Knob GUI's Less is Less

There's an emerging trend appearing in some plugins and VI's, where developers make sparse GUI's with only one knob or very few controls.

Of course, some people just want a simple sound that works when you turn it on. Or want the shallowest of learning curves. Sometimes this is the right approach to take. It's a straight-forward process.

Sometimes I want to hear something new, or push to some edge. Sometimes I hear something wrong, and want to be able to make it right. Having an abundance of controls can allow for experimentation and fine-tuning.

I'm always impressed when developers make (G)UI's that are self-explanatory. The complexity might be there, but the labels are clear and the graphics help you see the structure.

It can be sad when a developer removes controls from the UI to keep things from getting too complex.
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