So I picked up the x-touch as an early Christmas present around 2 weeks ago. Even though there are a few topics out there on it, I thought I should write an in depth review, and highlight some problems with it (non of which seem like they would too hard to fix). So here we go.
Using with USB, controller set to MC Control mode, reading Mackie Control, MC Control set to Cubase.
Build Quality: 4.5/5
This is a fine piece of equipment, especially for the low price of $599. Overall my few gripes are mainly over buttons not doing what they are assigned to do.
As for the bump on quality, the faders and jog wheel both have a bit of a light cheapish feel, it’s not bad, but you can tell they had to pick something to skimp on. Fader movement is quite nice, very smooth. During read though they can sometimes be a bit jumpy and jerkish. The biggest issue, which isn’t that hard to get used to is while in touch mode, after you untouched a fader it takes a little less than half a second to sense and return to reading.
The led meters are incredibly slow, not to say their useless but without any numbering it’s and a low resolution of leds, reading it is pretty much a guessing game. So far I believe 1 1/2 orange leds is around -20.
The jog wheel is not free spinning, however i does glide back and forth without too much trouble, well, it’s more of a mooshy click but it definitely gets the job done. I do like it though.
The buttons are quite tactile despite being rubber, they have a definite click to them while yet being soft. The transport buttons are more plasticy feeling but feel solid, and are also very tactile in the same way. Here’s a list of things that don’t work:
Channel Bank buttons, this is perhaps the most annoying issue (instead they control the page for pan, which should change when the pan/surround encoder button is hit multiple times) the fader bank buttons act as they normally should.
Modify Buttons (Shift and Option have decided that they are undo and redo buttons)
Utility Buttons (save and undo work though)
Buttons on the Global View strip are a little iffy, some of them work
(function buttons do seem to work although i haven’t tried them out yet)
Oh, and the color of the scribble stips as of now don’t change because Mackie HUI doesn’t support it.
Overall using this controller is quite nice. It feels quite comfortable to use and the size just right, although it was bigger then I was expecting. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a budget controller.