[LAD] Mouse/knob interaction

fons at kokkinizita.net fons at kokkinizita.net
Tue Sep 7 20:53:56 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 09:31:08PM +0100, Chris Cannam wrote:

> True, but also true of (computer GUI, rather than real) faders.
> Dragging the mouse should give the impression of dragging the control,
> rather than clicking the element instantly positioning the control.

I agree.

> Aside from a certain concern about your longevity if such is your CV,
> I think that's a quite different effect

Yes, it is different, but there are some subjective similarities.
I've never been under attack from above, but running from the riot
police and tear gas while recording is something I've had to do a
few times (in the Nagra era - they had quite solid rotary gain

> -- the cause of that is that
> rotary controls have a centre, so that if your hand moves
> involuntarily the control won't jump -- you'll just try to push it
> into a different place, which will do nothing unless the axle breaks.

A 1/4 inch steel axle can take a lot more abuse than any linear
fader I know of... unless the potentiometer is supported only by
the PCB, in which case that will be the part that gets destroyed.
But you are right, the essential advantage is that a rotary control
provides support for you hand, you can easily hold it without turning
it even while being shaken in all directions.



There are three of them, and Alleline.

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