The Novation Launch Control XL , Faders and Knobs to control my Software .
Waited and Waited to get it . But just enough left over in my Bank account to go ahead and get it .
I wanted this for a while , Not for using it with Ableton Live or DJ stuff , or EDM . But , For a Digital Mixer …. Yeah , A controller for my DAW in the most Basic of setups , Faders , Knobs , Panning , Solo , Mute , Aux Sends with some extra buttons to control stuff like Start Stop , Track Arm , or just REC start .
A Fair amount of Software now will allow MIDI control surfaces , Like the Mixer Panel for Audio Interfaces .
MOTU Microbook2 , comes with a Mixer Panel GUI , that will follow MIDI protocols , so In a Live Band situation , I can control the Monitor Mix being sent to the Stage , OR The Inputs going to the DAW or Stereo Recorder Software like DSP Quattro .
This expands capabilities dramatically , given that without that ability you have to go in and Mouse things one at a time . For Set and Forget recording that is ok , But not if you need to ride levels .
What would I make different about the Launch Control ? 100 mm faders ….instead of 60 mm
Yeah ,…. that is the ONLY thing I would change , I have played with it in a Music store , and really liked the way it felt , the Faders have a nice resistance , the knobs felt good , but 100 mm Faders would give just that little extra level of control and feel more like a real mixer ( ….oh wait …. most consumer mixer only have 60 mm faders ……..)
You pay more to step up the 100mm faders , But that generally comes with nicer mic preamps with it …. Oh Well … Take what I can get …… But this will really make for a great portable rig