Most of the times an impressive feature list results in an impressively difficult-to-use interface, full of controls for parameters you might never even use.
For almost every plug-in developer one of the greatest challenges when making such a complex full-featured plug-in is to design an interface that is easy-to-use. And we think we did it! FabFilter introduces a revolutionary new interface concept: What-you-use-is-what-you-see.
The idea is simple yet powerful. Do you want another filter? Just add one! Do you want an envelope follower? Just add one and start modulating things! At all times, the interface only contains the filters, modulation sources and slots that you are actually using. Of course there is a limit to the number of sources you can create, but in practice it feels like you can create as many sources as you will ever need.
This results in an intuitive user interface that experienced producers and novices alike will embrace. To give you an idea, a simple preset with just one low pass filter and the modulation section hidden looks like this:
... a more complex preset with two filters and modulation using our new XLFO and an Envelope Generator looks like this:
... and a very complex preset, with four filters and a lot of modulation sources and modulation, looks like this:
To help you understand even the most complex presets, modulation slots are grouped with each source. Each component, knob or controller that is being modulated is marked with a little M button. Simply click the M to highlight the modulation source and slots responsible for the modulation. See also Modulation.