I’m a passionate disciple of evolution, not least in software. With that said, while dozens of new strange controls can help create a new innovation, sparsely decorated interfaces are sometimes preferred. One great example of this is the McDSP ML4000 in it’s ML1, one-band limiter form. It’s my go-to limiter because, besides sounding great, I never need to do as much tweaking as with other limiters. Usually it’s just a matter of turning one or two knobs quickly and be over with it.
While this might seem like pure advertising for McDSP, it should more be considered a message to developers saying “simplify dammit!”. Simplicity gets you a very long way… Sometimes.