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Favorite MIDI CC controllers?

chris massa

Bass Player gone Composer
I was think about moving to an NI Jam. Had an older Fadermaster that died. Using a Korg nano at the moment.

 

jonathanparham

Active Member
I like my Touche a lot. The sensitivity is great, the software is excellent, and it really helps bring a lot of instruments to life by allowing you to morph smoothly between changes to up to four parameters. It also lets you do things like play filters like bongos etc.

I do use it for orchestral work as well as it allows you to control dynamics and vibrato together in real time. It does take some practice.

One issue I have with it is that it sends up to four CCs (up, down, left, right). I have not had much luck using it as a standard x/y controller since most VSTs seem to use only one CC per axis. Thrill is a good example, x/y control is two CCs. I'm sure there is a way to address this but I'm not quite sure how.
is it easy to control articulations for say Cinematic Studio strings or Spitfire Chamber Strings? Can you 'play in' what you want?
 

danbo

Active Member
I have the Touche, Maschine Jam and JL Cooper Fadermaster Pro. From this I found that whatever the device is designed for is what it's really best suited for.

The Touche is weird, wish I hadn't gotten it. It can CC but wasn't really designed this way. I'm busy setting up other things but will try to get it to be a master tempo control or something. There has to be some situation it really fits into.

The Maschine Jam has a great CC mode, but it has too many buttons, kind of a shame to be using it for only a fraction of what it has. Ultimately I decided to use it for it's intended use which is a sequencer. Coming up to speed on that but it offers some interesting compositional tools.

The FaderMaster has worked out great, I really like it. Just does one thing and does it really well, 8 faders are more than enough.
 

DerGeist

Active Member
I have the Touche, Maschine Jam and JL Cooper Fadermaster Pro. From this I found that whatever the device is designed for is what it's really best suited for.

The Touche is weird, wish I hadn't gotten it. It can CC but wasn't really designed this way. I'm busy setting up other things but will try to get it to be a master tempo control or something. There has to be some situation it really fits into.

The Maschine Jam has a great CC mode, but it has too many buttons, kind of a shame to be using it for only a fraction of what it has. Ultimately I decided to use it for it's intended use which is a sequencer. Coming up to speed on that but it offers some interesting compositional tools.

The FaderMaster has worked out great, I really like it. Just does one thing and does it really well, 8 faders are more than enough.
What issues are you having. Mine has been great for CC with one or two exceptions where it behaved strangely (mostly xy grids) or defaulted to backwards (up is down). Otherwise no issues.
 

danbo

Active Member
Don't know which you're talking about, maybe the Touche. I don't remember, it's freaked out before, spitting out CC's until I unplugged. The interface is confusing, instead of keeping it simple they have all these stupid names I have to re-remember ... OK UVI Workstation is one, an app I haven't figured out yet. Lie is another I think, maybe that's the plugin, I forget where it's at. Then configuring it is different than I would have expected in terms of the philosophy of how it spits out CC's.

OFF TOPIC
I like software to be straightforward (maybe because I'm a software engineer by day). I work to make things simpler - all of our customers want things easier and clearer, why make it opaque? Take sample libraries, when I was first shopping I found Spitfire, went to their site and my first question was "What the hell is Albion?" I couldn't figure out what it was in a minute and so they forever lost my sale. I then went to EastWest who had the "Hollywood Strings" - BOOM. Instantly you know what it is, where it comes from and what it flavor it might have.

ON TOPIC
The guys that did this overthought it and I don't want to spend that much energy figuring out their ideas. I'll get to it eventually and find some use for it.
 
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