Shreddie wrote:And speaking of controllers/hardware, if it wasn't easier to use them than the mouse, then why do knobby and fader loaded controllers sell so well?
- Most synths are fairly basic in their sound design and those can be operated fully with a limited set o' knobs (or at least enough of the general parameters can be operated).
- As long as people keep telling other people that knobs are better than a mouse.. then there will always be people among them who actually believe this is true. I wonder how much of those stories is related to people tactically sky rocketing eBay prizes for their old synths..
As for me: as I've said before, FM8 would require a controller of gargantuan dimensions and pennie$ to make it worthy. I have a BCR2000 controller, I've tried it, and it's truly not interesting for FM8. It's also very much related to how
one is using a synth. If you create a sound with your head, then you're typically focused towards a specific section only - you don't need the LFO details in front of you if you're working on the envelopes. So, having a feature per knob would only work well when the whole layout gets reconfigured depending on which section you're in. I dunno whether things work like that - not enough experience working with controllers as I'm fairly happy with using a mouse.
Perhaps an example 'closer to home' is in place as well... all this talk about FM8 can be a drag.. I know..
As I have both a JD800 and a JD990.. let me tell you that my own sounds made with the 990 alone aren't an inch less useful and nice than those which I've made with the 800. And know that I haven't really used my 800 to operate the 990, so I'm really talking about creating the sounds with the display and the buttons. In the next room there's also a JV1080 laying around (not mine), and I've created similar quality sounds on that model, all with the two-line display and the buttons.
Another typical example is my Supernova 2 rack. I've created a fair amount of cool stuff with that one too, ranging from reasonably pianos to shakuachi flutes with you could actually 'overblow' - this was more than half a decade ago in my pre-software years. Most of the parameter tweaking was done with non-dedicated knobs, it was all down in the menus, using a few general multi-purpose knobs.
One synth which really failed to have me programming a lot of stuff on it is the FS1r, but the stuff I did program with it was nonetheless done with the buttons, not with those four general purpose knobs! I must add though that with over a thousand FM presets to choose from, I didn't even find the need to make things myself. And having to use a single algorithm is a bit too hardwired for me anyway, I like the flexibility of a custom FM matrix.
So, really: again and again it all depends on who's using it, it certainly isn't a law that having tons o' knobs is always better.