ControllerMIDI, OSC or Eucon-Protocol Keyboards
A special piano controller with real mechanics. I have an extra page for the VPC1:
My control board for the Modular Synth. With Keywaves!
Of course I have an extra page:
The keyboards would be really nice if only the Focusrite / Novation company wasn't so unacceptable. The "support" communication feels "like in China": arrogant, know-it-all, patronizing, sluggish and unhelpful. I don't need - and won't support - anything like that. Although I enjoy the keyboards, I unfortunately can't recommend them. My detailed explanation will follow here soon.
Euphonix Artist MixEucon Protocol, 10 bit Resolution
The Euphonix MC Mix (now Avid Artist Mix) is an excellent and affordable controller with Motorfaders and the fast Eucon-Protocol. When the controller is used with different software, the controllers jump to the positions of the active software. Anyone who has ever worked with high-quality machines can no longer be satisfied with a MIDI control (7bit). The Eucon protocol provides 1024 levels and the Ethernet connection is 250x faster than MIDI. The improvement in the transmission of slider movements is comparable to the sound improvement in the step from 44.1 to 96 kHz.
For applications that can not work with the Eucon protocol, it is possible to use the MackieControl protocol, which is MIDI, but it still feels better than most other MIDI controllers , The silent iPad, however, is the simpler and also elegant, perhaps more modern solution for the control - the faderbank then remains just for other tactiles.
Tablets and Smartphones... already better than on the Enterprise!
Unnoticeable, a big change has taken place - similar to the central heating, the central CPU (the computer) moves into the spatial background and with it also far more than just the sub-noise. What a blessing! Smartphones and tablets are perfect controllers and can be upgraded with the appropriate apps. Not only do they replace the MIDI controllers, they pass them on thanks to the free "formability" of the interface, the resolution (approx. 10bit) and the speed (Pico instead of milliseconds), and they are absolutely silent.
For me, tablets are mainly control devices. I prefer the sound processing with more powerful CPUs or with the synthesizer. The software is controlled via various tabs, including preferences and FX peripherals. Instead of a mixer or a motor-faderbank now an iPad already is enough, in order to mix a live sound at the highest level. In some cases I switch the A/B/Mono/Main/Direct Studiomonitoring with the iPhone and it does not even need any cables. Is this already paradise ?!For haptics and tactiles still remains the Motorfaderbank - also in 10bit (see above).