Knobs or Sliders?

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Knobs or Sliders?

Post by Synthacon » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:37 am

Just wondering what people prefer to use as regards knobs and sliders?

Do you like a knob for filter controls and sliders for things like EG work?
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by CS_TBL » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:12 am

I could work with both. Advantage of endless rotating knobs, preferably with led ring, is that it's easy to automate. For a fader that represents a value you'd need a motor of some sorts.
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by space6oy » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:09 am

bring on the poll...

i like being able to zero & max sliders faster than knobs, but overall would probably stick with standard knobs if i had to choose between one or the other.

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by cornutt » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:23 am

Human factors people will tell you that when you have to set something precisely, it's easier to do with a knob vs. a slider. You can rotate a knob through a good bit of its range without moving your wrist or arm. That said, my first synth was a 106, so I got pretty good at nudging sliders.

Sliders obviously are better at showing values visually, when you have a group of related values; I still prefer them for EG settings and things like fixed filter banks. And with sliders, you don't have knob indexing problems. Biggest thing with sliders, other than the usability considerations, is that it's hard to design them to keep dust and dirt out. That, and you have to cut a slot in the panel rather than just a round hole, which can increase fabrication costs.
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by ninja6485 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:40 am

Imagedefinitly...
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by space6oy » Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:59 am

next up: white castle joke...

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by Big Gnome » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:02 am

Much as I like sliders (for visual feedback, etc.), they tend to get grimier faster and can develop some 'sticky' spots over time. And they take up so much more room. Put me down for knobs.
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by Hybrid88 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:31 am

I prefer sliders for the ADSR & knobs for everything else - like on the V-Synth ;)

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by Black Tomorrow » Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:40 am

The best setup ever is a set of buttons and a single data slider! :?

Actually, I like sliders for EG and filters. Knobs for everything else.
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by gmeredith » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:09 am

If you're jumping around on stage, knobs are steadier to control and hold onto than sliders without them jumping everywhere
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by Yekuku » Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:15 am

Big fan of sliders here.
With knobs , you can only turn 2 at a time but with sliders you can use your fingertips to adjust/tweak 5-6 or more parameters simultaneously.
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by clubbedtodeath » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:57 am

Knobs, but sliders for envelopes: looking at the slider positions tells you exactly what shape the envelope is.

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by JJQ » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:18 pm

+1 on clubbed.

And knobbs on sequencers, feels more exciting :)
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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by mharris80 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:54 pm

space6oy wrote:next up: white castle joke...
I much prefer their chicken, myself. :lol:

To the OP, Sliders for envelope and knobs for everything else works for me. The more sliders you have, the more you'll be reaching for that can of Deoxit, imo.

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Re: Knobs or Sliders?

Post by theotherleadingbrand » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:03 am

Hybrid88 wrote:I prefer sliders for the ADSR & knobs for everything else - like on the V-Synth ;)
Seconded. Although I have no experience with the V-Synth, it sounds like a good layout. Also, I'll take chicken head knobs and rocker switches over buttons any day.
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