So, after playing with the Deluge for a couple of weeks, I’m glad I was never really planning to replace the Pyramid with it, but I’ll admit that while it’s missing a lot of basic sequencing features the Pyramid got right, there are a few interesting ideas that the Squarp team should seriously consider.
At every zoom level, you can switch to triplet mode, where only 12 of the 16 pads are used. The deluge uses a very faint with color on the pad that is disabled, to show the fact that every 4th pads is inactive, and the other 3 steps show the triplets. Switching back and forth between 16x 16th notes and 12x 8th note triplets feels really natural.
The other feature that is pretty useful is the fact that notes that last for more than a single step are shown with reduced brightness on all of the steps that contain that note. This helps a lot when you have held chords at different zoom levels, because it gives you a better representation of where you have notes an where you don’t. The pad that contains a Note-On event is full brightness, and all the pads between the Note-On and Note-Off events have reduced brightness.
I realize that this should be a different brightness level than a Muted notes. So what I would propose that a muted note doesn’t have tails ( doesn’t show the duration ) and is brighter than a tail, but not full brightness like a note-on pad
The other interesting feature is to use a shortcut to set the note length by selecting a pad, rather than rotating an encoder. In the case of the Deluge is the only way to set the note length, which is not as precise as the Pyramid way, but in some cases, being able to just click on the step you want the note to end, instead of counting steps while rotating the encoder would be more immediate.