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Using touchscreen to control software synths...

Post by b3groover » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:35 pm

Check out this video:



So the guy is using an Open Labs Neko, which is way expensive (and didn't they just go out of business?) but it's pretty damn cool what he's doing with the touchscreen.

Touchscreens are readily available and are not too expensive. Is anybody here using one with a softsynth and if so, how do they work and do they work well? I assume it's all based around how good the drivers are.

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Post by valverec » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:06 pm

That's pretty interesting. It's crazy how tall they have to make the keyboard to accommodate that screen size though. What they need to do is develop touch screens that are long and narrow that can go the length of the keyboard.

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Re: Using touchscreen to control software synths...

Post by Stab Frenzy » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:13 pm

You know the V-Synth has a touchscreen too?

I've used an ipod touch to control softsynths, it's nice and expressive for performance tweaking. An ipad would be even better.

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Post by jeeroj » Sun Aug 22, 2010 12:20 am

richie hawtin has been using ipads live iirc. Not too sure exactly what for...
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Post by pricklyrobot » Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:10 am

Here's an article about using cheap touchscreen monitors (the kind they have in fast-food restaurants and the like) in audio applications: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun09/a ... p_0609.htm

I thought about getting one after that article sparked my interest. Then I was discussing it with a friend, and he mentioned an article he'd read (not music specific, just in reference to touchscreen interfaces in general) about how in the process of testing them, interface designers came to the conclusion that unless you're able to angle them properly and use them whilst standing up, or sit them in your lap, they become very arm-fatiguing with continued use.

Makes perfect sense, but it was something I hadn't considered. And when I thought further about my set-up, I decided that a touchscreen wasn't really a practical addition.
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Post by impaler42 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:15 pm

Cool video. Ill be purchasing an ipad soon enough to use its music applications and as a controller for Ableton Live. It seems like touchscreens make for great controllers except for the fact that you can use velocity sensitivity.
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Re: Using touchscreen to control software synths...

Post by Ashe37 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:49 am

Korg M3 has a touchscreen as well...

And (I keep stressing this) HP makes a 21.5" multitouch-capable monitor, the L2105tm, that is $300.

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Post by cartesia » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:17 am

The problem with those openlabs boxes is they run standard software/plugins - which are not designed for use with touchscreens..

You really would want a purpose-designed interface that works well with touchscreens I think. (like the midi control interfaces for ipad/lemur/etc)

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Re: Using touchscreen to control software synths...

Post by Ashe37 » Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:25 am

That's part of the purpose behind their OpenRiff application is to allow you to map VST controls to an interface designed for a touch screen.

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Re: Using touchscreen to control software synths...

Post by piRoN » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:52 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:I've used an ipod touch to control softsynths, it's nice and expressive for performance tweaking. An ipad would be even better.
There's also Fingerplay MIDI for Android, which does both MIDI and OSC control. Not as slick as TouchOSC yet, but still very usable andd user-configurable.
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