hello, music/Cubase lovers,
i would like to have your opinion regarding some keyboards.
like everybody,i think, we all wish we could have a keyboard with tons of extra customizable keys, to assign those hundreds shortcuts we often use. But 99.99% of the keyboards in the world are the classic 105 keys-classic numerical pad, and that’s all.
i’ve been using google, and i could find a couple of gaming keyboards, with a bunch of extra keys, on the left hand side. Surely, those require a special driver and app, to manage all the keys, and assign the available shortcuts from the game (mostly World of Warcraft…).
Today, i just came across a brand, Active keys, and on their website, they sell a bunch of keyboards, and some models have like 32 extra custom free-assignable keys.
here is a link to one of them:
they also sell something (like the detachable numeric pad, on the expensive and heavy logitech Dinovo series), which they call “point of sale keyboard”, with 35 programmable keys. here is the link:
for me, this would be like a dream: using an ultra small keyboard, with the standard 105 keys, and on the left or right, a beast like the 35 custom keys, on the above link.
so, here comes my questions.
Question 1 (maybe only Steinberg can answer??) :
Once installed on my windows 8.1 64bit, and detected by the system as, i guess, an additional input device, or additional keyboard, WOULD CUBASE 8 64bit BE ABLE TO USE those extra new keys, ex, and assign a shortcut/function, to that particular key, via the shortcuts window or device manager ?
Question 2: is anyone using some kind of special keyboard, like these from this brand, or another brand ? is everything working fine?
Question 3 : Is anyone using this kind of “more standard” keyboards, like this one on this random google picture:
or the Corsair K50:
can you use all those extra keys (3 banks of 18 assignable keys) inside Cubase, without any issues?
and the 4th question:
is it possible and simple to grab a cheap 2nd-hand 7" tablet, install a particular app on the tablet (i guess something like the OSC…), then, customize the app interface, like adding buttons or keys, ex: 10 or 15 keys, if possible,with different colors, and finally, once all the apps are installed, wifi, etc, go inside Cubase, and assign whatever function, command, macro, to each one of those created keys.? and why not creating 2 buttons, “Previous Bank”, “Next Bank”, and create different “panels” of keys, and simply navigate between them, via the prev-next bank buttons ???
So, is anyone using a 7, or 10" tablet this way, along the classic keyboard-mouse, just to be able to have a bunch of ready-to-use keys, for controlling Cubase ? any info on how eventually do it, which tablet is better suited to it, which app works better with the OSC protocol, which app works better for creating buttons and assigning functions and macros, or any other help, WOULD BE FANTASTIC.
in advance, 1000x THANK YOU GUYS for your help and answers.