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    Every so often I bring this up, because I still dream of a "console" that's nothing more than a couple of large flat-panel monitors I use as a touch-screen display.

    It would appear the touchscreen technology is becoming more mainstream and shockingly affordable. Is anyone out there using one for normal audio production?

    In particular, I'd really like to do a multi-monitor set-up.

    Thoughts? Experiences?
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    I've seen various touch-screen console substitutes and other controllers in pix of dubstages--I recall that John Ross had some big ones in Hollywood a few years back. I don't know if they worked out. My main beef with all touch screens, incl phones, is that you have to be looking at them to target your fingers correctly--there is no tactile cue for when your fingers are placed on the right controller image. This makes "glass faders" hard to use for things like mixing to video....

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    Well, first thing, i hate touch screens. Second, the resolution is terrible for editing. But there are a lot of people using tablets for live audio, and this is very popular with SAC users (SAC being a live mixing app from the guy who wrote SAW), ans SMAART users. I just can't imagine the touchscreen size required to get my DAW on the screen, I'm now using a 30 inch 2560x1900 resolution screen with a 19 incher on the side and the buttons are quite small. I also know that grabbing 4 to 8 touch 'sliders' and expecting to control them as we do real siders is not likely to work very well. In my opinion touchscreens are great for entertainment and phones and several outher daily tasks, but i don't 'see' it as being practical for complex editing.

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    I'm still hopeful, I guess.

    I don't see them replacing the keyboard and mouse for editing, but i do see value in the set up for a lot of basic tasks around the mix. I hear you on the small buttons and the resolution of touch screens.

    Right now I'm still using an old Houston for a control surface. Kind of a lousy controller, but I've not found much I like better than isn't very expensive. And, it's hard to justify thousands on what is really a glorified mouse, especially since I'm usually typing in gains and fader movements instead of programming them live, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Dugger View Post
    Right now I'm still using an old Houston for a control surface. Kind of a lousy controller, but I've not found much I like better than isn't very expensive. And, it's hard to justify thousands on what is really a glorified mouse, especially since I'm usually typing in gains and fader movements instead of programming them live, anyway.

    Sigh.
    I was given a d8b which as it turns out doesn't work, but there is a controller software called the d8bridge which I have bought but have yet to hook up. It is interesting and since I already have the d8b.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNtHd...layer_embedded
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Perkins View Post
    My main beef with all touch screens, incl phones, is that you have to be looking at them to target your fingers correctly--there is no tactile cue for when your fingers are placed on the right controller image. This makes "glass faders" hard to use for things like mixing to video....

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    Yes. I still prefer to work in 3 dimensions.

    I remember things like facing forward and running the tape transport to my right without even looking at it. Including punches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gio View Post
    Yes. I still prefer to work in 3 dimensions.

    I remember things like facing forward and running the tape transport to my right without even looking at it. Including punches.

    <sigh>

    Not only that (yeah... what happened to my autolocator???) but I like to listen with my eyes closed. I do better work that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Dugger View Post
    Every so often I bring this up, because I still dream of a "console" that's nothing more than a couple of large flat-panel monitors I use as a touch-screen display.

    It would appear the touchscreen technology is becoming more mainstream and shockingly affordable. Is anyone out there using one for normal audio production?

    In particular, I'd really like to do a multi-monitor set-up.

    Thoughts? Experiences?
    A number of Soundtracs/Digico consoles have touch-screen as do consoles from Klotz etc. I find it's actually a question of ergonomics rather than *just* whether things are accessed via a real knob or a touch-screen. I also know that replacing some touch screens that are integrated into consoles has been quite pricey $$$$. So that may be a factor.

    Or are you thinking of having a virtual studio with software that is driven via generic touch-screens? That sounds interesting. Maybe Windows 8 will spawn some programs/software interaction along those lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haigbabe View Post
    A number of Soundtracs/Digico consoles have touch-screen as do consoles from Klotz etc.
    As well as the Soundcraft Vi series, & the nearly ubiquitous Yamaha M7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haigbabe View Post
    Or are you thinking of having a virtual studio with software that is driven via generic touch-screens? That sounds interesting. Maybe Windows 8 will spawn some programs/software interaction along those lines.
    That's more the thought. Basically the touch screen is a mouse, so in some cases, like roughly setting gains, it's basically just a big desk I can "normally" navigate around the software.

    I don't see it as a panacea, I actually like the keyboard & mouse for most tasks, but I do see it as effective for a lot of basic tasks, too.
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