METaheuristic REAPER Interface Controls
REAPER theme for Retina | HiDPI display monitor
metaheuristic; is a higher-level heuristic designed to find, generate, or select a partial search algorithm that may provide a sufficiently good solution to an optimization problem, especially with incomplete or imperfect information or limited computation capacity.
METRIC is a labor of love.
As the name implies, it does not try to be best neither to be default user interface for REAPER. It is not guaranteed to be perfect, but it serves its goals satisfactory to achieve the optimal balance between beauty and more importantly functionality.
METRIC design heavily inspired by futuristic HUD (head-up display) from a science fiction movie, with a twist of its analog-eque face–since working with Digital Audio Workstation in a studio environment we are familiar with physical buttons and knobs which intuitively easy to comprehend as controls to manipulate audio signals.
METRIC is probably the darkest color themes for REAPER–it is really really…really dark. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially who had a fainted heart (or eyes). Its experimental user interface designed for fellas who brave enough to produce creative work on the edge of their creativity.
Enough words, let images speaks for itself.
Though a large demographic user will never ever touch the panel with their mouse click, it is worth every pixel on your million pixels Retina | HiDPI screen estate to have a beautiful feedback of your transport status with big illuminated buttons.
Track Control Panel layout meticulously designed to be practical yet responsive in any sizes. The layout for each controls layout in such a way to maintain symmetrical position, thus it would be very easy to look and swipe buttons vertically–whatever layout you are using in wherever the track position inside the hierarchy–even in its smallest form.
Each Mixer Control Panel layout designed to have its Track Control Panel layout match respectively. Also, with the addition of Svelte the slender, the slim layout for Mixer Control Panel for the easiness of navigating mixer on a project with numerous amount of tracks.
Reduce the width of tracks on MCP more than half, thus you can see more than double amount of your tracks on mixer while keeping all controls visible.
METRIC is designed for Retina | HiDPI display monitors, which have a tremendous amount of pixels. But since stretching is unavoidable, it will try not to squeeze any element as possible, at least it will hide them piece by piece.
OFFSET MEDIA ITEM BUTTON
Media item button is one of REAPER
unique feature. Slightly larger and offset media item buttons make it easy to look and click without adding visual excessiveness.
Individual child tracks inside parent folder will be easy to monitor in super-collapse state since they turn into full-sized meter strip.
METRIC is designed with layout efficiency in mind. Without having the need to switch to a dedicated layout with big meters, when the tracks are armed–both TCP and MCP meters automatically enlarge to a significant dimension to monitor recording level visually with ease–while temporarily hide other track controls which may not be needed while recording.
Frequently asked questions
Why does this theme looks GIGANTIC on my monitor?
This theme is specifically designed for Retina | HiDPI display monitors.
Your display monitor should be capable to render at least 2880-by-1800 px native resolution, and scaled it 200%.
Do you use Windows OS?
Turn on 200% scaling for your display monitor.
Do you use macOS (with retina monitor) ?
On laptop, you might want to choose More Space on Resolution : Scaled options. Otherwise, you’re good to go.
Why is my font is different from your screenshots?
There are only two fonts used in this theme.
- EXO2 font by Natanael Gama. Just google it, it is easy to find.
- METRIC font, for transport status. This font packed inside JRENG!_Metric.ReaperThemeZip file.
So, all you have to do is
- Copy the *.ReaperThemeZip file
- Rename the file extension from *.ReaperThemeZip to *.zip
- Unzip the file.
- Install the font to your OS.
Does this theme works on laptop? Or is it just for large monitors?
Of course. I designed this theme entirely on rMBP 2015 laptop. Works great on my 5K iMac monitor too.
Do you have plan to make smaller resolution version for us mortals with normal screen?
I don’t think so.
I have spent 1339 hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds of my time working on this project, definitely overwhelming.
I want and have to make some music, and more music.
Where can i report bugs?
I am happy to discuss the problem in the forum.
This theme is AWESOME! Can I buy you a drink?
Only, If you insist.
END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT
You may use whole, half, quarter, or any tiny-mini-portion of this theme to create another REAPER theme. But you may not take financial profit, demand nor receive any payment in any form for anything developed based (including using elements) from this theme.
You can have it for FREE, you are FREE to do anything with it, and let it be FREE.
Any alteration and modification, beyond theme hosted in this page will be your responsibility. You are not obligated to ask permission nor credit me. But if you do, i would be happy and appreciate it a lot.
- REAPER 5.0+
- Retina | HiDPI display monitors. With at least 2880-by-1800 px native resolution. On Windows OS scale must be set to 200%
- Download JRENG!_Metric.ReaperThemeZip to your computer.
- You can Double click the file, Open it , Drag it to REAPER. Whatever should work just fine.
Here it is, knock yourself out.
The following deserves credit
- Cockos for developing such a beast Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering and Recording Digital Audio Workstation.
- White Tie with his Imperial has influenced this theme development in a great manner.
- GMUNK with his OBLIVION GFX help this theme find its vision.
- Crimson Merry–an old friend, fellow UI designer who encourage me to dive and get my keyboard dirty with WALTER.