[LAU] is there a controller like this?

michael noble looplog at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 04:12:22 EDT 2009


If you don't need the keyboard then I'd also recommend a Behringger BFC2000,
which has 8 motorized faders and 8 encoders and is well supprted under
linux. It's also fairly cheap considering the featureset. I'm pretty sure
there are a number of users in this list.


On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 4:37 PM, andy baxter <
andy at earthsong.free-online.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi michael,
> Thanks for the info about the remote25. It looks good (just skimming
> through the review in 'sound on sound'), but I don't really want to get
> another device with a keyboard when I've just bought one.
> What I really want is a 'bare bones' device with just some encoders,
> buttons, and an lcd screen. An x-y pad would be nice as well but not
> essential.
> andy
> michael noble wrote:
>> Hi Andy,
>> I'm not sure exactly if it is what you need, but I would have thought that
>> any class compliant midi controller with encoders and some facility for
>> controller banks will serve your purpose. The novation remote25 which I have
>> has 8 encoders, 8 knobs, 8 sliders, an x/y pad, joystick and 16 buttons,
>> plus instant recall of any of 64 stored presets of controller mapping. To be
>> honest that's all overkill for me as the only thing I use beside the
>> keyboard are the encoders and the banks, but it serves its purpose. Editing
>> the controllers is not as direct as you seem to wish for, but setting up a
>> new controller with the editing mode takes about 15 seconds and I've done so
>> in live situations when needed. To my knowledge many midi controllers offer
>> similar capabilities.
>> As for displaying the current level of a synth or software based parameter
>> on the controller lcd, that all depends mostly on whether the software
>> implements midi feedback or not. Without knowing your specific software its
>> difficult to say what the status of support is.
>> -michael n
>> On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 1:28 PM, andy baxter <
>> andy at earthsong.free-online.co.uk <mailto:andy at earthsong.free-online.co.uk>>
>> wrote:
>>    Hello,
>>    I have just bought a second hand keyboard, (edirol PCR-500) which has
>>    loads of knobs and sliders on it. The trouble is that all the
>>    knobs are
>>    pots, not rotary encoders; encoders would be much more useful I think
>>    because it would mean that if you press a button to switch to a new
>>    synth or effects patch, the correct defaults for it could be
>>    automatically loaded to each of the knobs when you switch. Without
>>    that,
>>    it seems like whenever you switch to a new instrument you would
>>    have to
>>    spend a while tweaking all the knobs to get the right basic sound.
>>    What I would like is a device with a couple of rotary encoders on it
>>    (you only have two hands), maybe 16 buttons, and a character LCD
>>    screen.
>>    The way it would work is (something-like):
>>    - one of the buttons would be for loading new instruments. To
>>    switch to
>>    a new instrument, you would press the button and then turn either
>>    encoder. The LCD would show which instrument you were choosing from a
>>    list, and you would press the button again to make the switch.
>>    - most of the buttons would be for accessing different midi controls.
>>    You could assign a midi control to an encoder by pressing the
>>    button for
>>    that control first, then pressing a button underneath the encoder you
>>    were assigning.
>>    - having done this, that encoder would be bound to that midi control -
>>    turning it would send out midi messages for that control, and also
>>    update a display on the LCD saying what the level of that control is
>>    currently set at.
>>    - loading a new instrument would automatically set the right default
>>    levels for each controller that that instrument used.
>>    Does anyone know of anything like this that's already being made?
>>    If so
>>    I might get hold of one and see if I can hack it to work with
>>    linux; if
>>    not I'm thinking of having a go at making my own some time.
>>    cheers,
>>    andy baxter.
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