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  1. what would your perfect control surface look like and do?

    Sorry. forgot. I would also like a control surface specifically for the tasks that you do while tracking  live performances such as in a live room or isolation booth. as again the type of plugins and controls you use doing this job will often be different to that when doing other things. for example. when tracking you may want just a little amount of processing and estimated effects but not all the bells and whistles that you may need when mix engineering also for live performance, you will have much of the effects and processing jobs done and will not always need that much control over many of the plug ins that you use during tracking or mix engineering so sure, different console for each would make more sense  but perhaps not that easy to design as each individual has different preferences but also due to the limitations of what protocols are available
  2. what would your perfect control surface look like and do?

    Ideally ii prefer to use control surfaces to control the many features in DAW   perhaps one for composing / sound design, that has controls for my favorite synths / samplers / virtual instruments another for mix engineering, using absolute rotary encoders that use LED rings for visual reference and another for live performance (as i can't afford some of the classic synths / organs etc.   I would like the option to be able to control all my favorite plugins which i generally use while mix engineer  perhaps another one that i can use for mastering if all is done inside the box that is   That would be my ideal studio  control surfaces that i use every time, so i get used to how they look, how they feel and each element that is used to control      
  3. Hello i thought i would start a speculative forum post that asked people their opinion with regards to what their ultimate control surface look like, fetuare and do.   This can be used by other contemporary control surface designers to get other people's perspective please feel free to answer thank you
  4. Hi Zan. Thanks for the info. I was wondering however if one could get around these problems by not using LCDs but using LED Rings for absolute encoders instead to give visual feedback and keep it in update mode? or does the update only happen with a specific action? and using motorised faders? Thanks for help otherwise I also see that SSL manufacture a nice small control surface, although fairly expensive  (but not really when compared to other SSL hardware...., which is getting a great deal cheaper as time goes on) Still out my budget....  and although well designed, still not exactly what i want...      
  5. Also, just one observation with regards to rotary encoders no matter how many you have on a control surface a single human can usually only rotate two at the most skilfully any one time with faders being more easy to move in numbers due to the speed of the clock that embedded systems run at even if several were to be moved and there is some lag the lag often isn't that perceivable  although please note i am not experienced with MIDIbox  so I can not say from experience       
  6. Novation Launch Control XL, another good example of a generic controller of this type. Although which appears to be more integrated than the Akai. Interestingly enough, on Novation's site, i read that the Novation Launch Control XL uses Focusrite HUI protocol which is used by a analogue/hybrid mixing design and control surface in one compact console looks very useful, their HUI is likely a closed format like the Avid protocol that goes with their control surfaces.    
  7. Hello Zam thanks for your reply and sure i understand. I wonder if the speed of the transmission is quick enough so that the lag isn't that perceivable? and so that it isn't too glitchy. I see that there are a few people who have made Midibox's over the years that emulate mixing consoles. perhaps some of them have more than one Aux per channel.   I was thinking that if the aux's on each channel, were given different midi channels, then this would cause less problems?   I see there are one or two generic control surfaces (or mixers with built in DAW control) on the market that incorporates a number of Potentiometers  into their design, some which allow more than one encoder per channel. the Akai Midimix is one example. Which is great. although appears to be designed to be used primarily with Ableton Live. Not sure if it can be used in the same way with other DAWs.  
  8. Hello  Just a quick question. as mentioned before. I am new to MidiBox I have read up a bit on what can be done with the Mackie Control Protocol and read that up to 8 aux sends can be controlled via a MCU compatible control surface. If this is so, is it possible to make a control surface that has a fader per channel, buttons for solo / mute etc., a pan rotary encoder, and 5 aux sends per channel. So as to allow control of all these features per track without the need to remap to assign? Thanks for any help
  9. MIDI Implemtation for EUCON

    Hello. Thorsten Sure, i understand entirely. I suggested this particular solution for people who may be frustrated with the limitations of the Mackie Control protocol. Although to be honest, i may not have a full understanding of what can be done using the Mackie Control etc. I also understand the legal implications, although you may understand that i have less respect now for big global corps haven had a number of innovative designs concepts stolen from me a number of years ago, after i contacted several pro audio companies  with a ground breaking idea, for the exchange of a few bits of equipment to start up a small charity based recording studio  But alas, all the companies knocked back the idea, but then 1 year later, all of them and more had designs based on my concept but what was even more ironic, is that they missed out a few really important elements to the design which i didn't tell them about so they released designs that weren't as good as they could be. Still, a number of the mixers based on my concept that they stole won big design awards. and i didn't even get even a mention. That's how these people work. nothing is below them.  So. me having to rev eng one of their badly designed devices so i can build my own well designed device is what i am resulted to But never mind, this is the way of the world and even more so in the entertainment industry.  sure. no problem. i will not publish any copy write work that i do not have the permission to use even if half the industry has plagiarized my ideas.... but that's their transgressions I guess that is generally what happens to innovative people, i.e. Joe Meek etc. but nevermind. live long be happy. Thanks for your platform. You are very kind to give this to people.!      
  10. MIDI Implemtation for EUCON

    hello thanks for your advice, although, to be honest mate. i am not talking here about manufacturing but simply making a hobbyist control surface that uses their protocol. From a MIDIbox mindset, i see EUCON as having massive potential. I also realise that other people out there may also see the potential when its pointed out, and there are people in this world who do things only for personal gain, and do not want anyone else to gain. Not saying that you are such a person, but there are people who do.   Anyway i could see that developing a control surface that mimicked the other manufacturers control surfaces wouldn't be that hard to create especially as Cubase now has this Remote Control Editor feature which allows any control surface that is compatible to e mapped to practically any parameter  in cubase.   So all a person need to do is get hold of one or more of the official control surfaces (Which includes Avid's Artist Series) and simply sniff the midi data from the devices and then program their own device to send the same data, As the drivers are given with the original devices, you don't even have to write software to run on PC as long as your hard ware device outputs data that is the same in nature as the compatible desks   I highly doubt that Avid or any one else will investigate or prosecute a hobbyist who make 1 single control surface that uses their driver as it would likely be bad for PR but also not be particularly cost effective.           
  11. Cubase Quick Control Plugins controller

    Would the following do the job? CORE_STM32 Module AINSER64 (is this all i need or do i need an DIN and/or DOUT module?, as I plan to use absolute rotary encoders) MIDI_IO Module? (or can i rely on the built in USB on the STM32F4DISCOVERY) or do i need a USB GM5 Module? LCD Infos (just for added effect prior to using LED Rings) Thanks          
  12. Hello I was wondering if someone could help me with some basic advice with regards to what MIDI box modules I am going to need to get for my first learning experiment into the MIDIbox universe. For my first experiment i would like to make a controller that can be used to control a specific plug in which i use in Cubase. Lets say for example. a tape delay emulation plugin. Which i am fond of. For example. say the UAD EP 34 UAD EP 34 Which uses 6 rotary encoders (perhaps with LED rings), 1 x Fader and 6 toggle switches. Although i understand that Cubase only allows max 8 using Quick Control mapping of generic hardware to plug ins. I do not think that any more than 8 physical controllers can be mapped to plug ins used on inserts if the control surface is using the Mackie control surface protocol / driver. However perhaps i am wrong, as i am not an expert in this area. And you guys will likely know more about this. Just to clarify, i was wondering  which modules i will need to use to make a basic control surface to control the bellow plug in. I was also wondering if it is possible to connect an Ethernet output, which may be used at a later date when i can work out how to use the EUCON. Thanks I will firstly need a core module. What others modules do you recommend i need. Do i need a MIDI module for MIDI I/O or can this be done by the built in USB  I guess i need Analogue module as well? If i were to employ LCD rings, would i also need a special module for this? Although my first experiment with MDIbox, i will likely not use LED rings, so as to keep it simple, rather than make my own life hard thanks for any help  
  13. ST Electronics Nucleo 144 boards  
  14. ST Electronics Nucleo 144 boards

    Hey, I was wondering if any one considered using the ST Electronics own Nucleo 144 boards for MIDI Box projects, as these also usually feature STM32 MCU's but also include a range of boards that are equally cheap as the STM32F407G-DISC1 but which offer extra features with regards to input output Just out of interest thanks