100% agree, I can’t believe that there’s already such a disconnect between the two.
After the latest update, I can’t see how they can bring the ‘selected track’ elements from the mapping assistant into the API. Unless they expect us to manage a list of parameter ID’s and do it direct like that? (i.e. as the 'xml just shows unique ID’s for parameters and controls).
The trouble with using the API and Mapping assistant together is that the paging is generated from two sources which leads to ghost pages being left behind if you change the API. Surely it wasn’t planned to become this mess?
I could understand it more if the API was purely to develop the hardware standard and then the mapping assistant was used for all control elements - but there’s many binds in the API that you can’t do in the mapping assistant, and vice versa.
It’s shocking management really.
And therein is the focus of this MIDI Remote, it’s basically a pretty face bolt-on. Initially looks impressive, great to map elements, but as you dig it’s actually less capable, highly convoluted and reliance on already over-used nomenclature of “Quick Controls”.
Due to how it’s bolted on and worked around what is there already I just fail to see how they can turn this around.
To me, The primary focus was:
- Get a pretty interface for simple/quick mappings - Sell as a C12 feature
- Offer hardware manufacturers an easy custom look for their controllers
Both of those are very external facing, sales driven features.
I think those looking for deeper mapping, or an improvement to what was achievable with generic/mackie remotes are a secondary concern and very much sit in the “We will sort out later” bracket.
And as usual, “Will sort later” will descend into the “Not financially viable” bracket and left to rot.
My biggest issue is whether this is a big enough deal for me to change DAW’s, hand on heart I don’t know how much I need a deeply integrated controller, and even if it’s a positive effect on the music I produce. It almost feels like a hobby in itself.
In my head, I have this geek one side who loves the technical side of music and software - and he has a controller fetish and likes to procrastinate, then, on the other side lays the creative musician who probably works better when things are kept simple without any screens turned on.
As a result I’m left with one side of my mind being angry, and the other perfectly happy thinking it’s amazing!
Perhaps I need to try switching off the procrastinator in me and just getting on with things, and Steinberg knows best. haha.