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Stream Deck XL

benmrx

Senior Member
This does look fascinating. How are people using it? If it did midi it would be fantastic.
I would love it if the Streamdeck could handle MIDI, however I'm getting by using it in combination with Keyboard Maestro (on OSX) for triggering MIDI commands and it works great!
 

MrLinssi

A glorified bedroom musician.
And I just bought Composer tools pro for my tablet...but I'd love to have real buttons doing all the Cubase macros!
 

jamwerks

Senior Member
I've been tempted for a while now, but unclear about the advantage over normal keyboard shortcuts (Cubase, W10)?
 

jbuhler

Senior Member
I've been tempted for a while now, but unclear about the advantage over normal keyboard shortcuts (Cubase, W10)?
You don't have to remember the keyboard shortcuts because the buttons automatically update with the name of the function. I'm not sure there is an inherent advantage if you are good at remembering keyboard shortcuts.
 

Pietro

Senior Member
Hell yeah! This looks great. Wondering about ergonomics of that. The classic Stream deck is pretty convenient in size, but I wished for more keys. Hope this isn't too much.

- Piotr
 

whinecellar

Jim Daneker
I've been tempted for a while now, but unclear about the advantage over normal keyboard shortcuts (Cubase, W10)?
The keys can graphically represent anything you want – and not just in Cubase, but in *any app on your computer* - and they instantly update when you switch apps. For me, they all become dedicated tool buttons whether I’m in Photoshop, FCPX, Logic, PT, TextEdit, etc. One button signs my name in PDF documents. Another enters my ridiculously long password or email address. Really, the sky is the limit.
 

benmrx

Senior Member
You don't have to remember the keyboard shortcuts because the buttons automatically update with the name of the function. I'm not sure there is an inherent advantage if you are good at remembering keyboard shortcuts.
Another big advantage is when your workflow involves multiple different apps that share similar commands. For example, I use various apps that all have a 'zoom' function..., and especially after working in say Pro Tools all day, I would then switch over to Cubase and/or FMod or Wwise..., and I would constantly keep hitting the 'zoom' shortcut for PT. There are probably at least 10 apps I use that all have different methods or commands for 'zoom'. These days, if I can't map everything to be the same exact command as it is in Pro Tools, then I'll use the Streamdeck. And because it automatically switches profiles I can keep my 'zoom' button in the same exact place for all apps. It's nice because even though it's not 'quite' as fast as using quick keys on a keyboard I can still build up my muscle memory because Streamdeck has physical buttons.
 

Pietro

Senior Member
Looking at some unboxing videos, this one also reportedly has "slightly higher resolution LCDs", which is very good news, considering how blurry can text be on the original. But that would need verifying.

Looking forward to switching to it as soon as it's available in the EU.

- Piotr
 

MisteR

Active Member
The app is subscription only.
That would be a no.
Offer me “lifetime” at a regular software price and I’ll jump.
 

lucor

Senior Member
Had my Stream Deck XL for about 2 weeks now and what can I say, I don't know how I've ever lived without it. :grin:
Only one issue so far: I'm running out of possible shortcuts in Cubase. :shocked: Has anyone found a workaround for this? I wish the Stream Deck would support midi, then this could easily be resolved by using a Generic Remote.
 

sostenuto

Big NKS Fan !
Using Win10 Pro & Reaper. Plenty of desktop real estate, and wondering about (2) Std StrmDks versus (1) XL. Key size & density, as well as ability to place apart ??? :barefoot:
 

Pietro

Senior Member
Only one issue so far: I'm running out of possible shortcuts in Cubase. :shocked: Has anyone found a workaround for this? I wish the Stream Deck would support midi, then this could easily be resolved by using a Generic Remote.
I often find that I will have used ctrl shift alt F9 type of stuff, but not plain simple letter shortcuts. I've begun populating those. How refreshing :D.

- Piotr
 

Pietro

Senior Member
Just received my Stream Deck XL. I wanted to confirm, the keys are higher resolution now. Judging by eye, it could be double the pixels. Enought to say, that 7pt size text appears very clear. The stand is pretty good, sturdy and it sits tight on the desktop even under heavy press. I wish we could tweak the angle a bit, but otherwise, pretty satisfied so far!

- Piotr
 

whinecellar

Jim Daneker
Why not just use Metagrid?
See the original thread - I went into detail there on the advantages. In a nutshell: real physical buttons that become whatever you want them to be for any app you want. Single keys, entire macros, passwords, etc. - and visually customizable to whatever degree you want. Metagrid is great, but this is better in some crucial ways, IMO.
 
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