I’ve been thinking on this topic for a while, and I’m in the process of designing my own controller. There are some great products around (Nuage, Avid-Euphonix, Mackie, and so on), but for me there are some common mistakes, typically in the “cheapest” units:
- If they are full featured, they are VERY VERY expensive.
- No user serviceable, but Mackie’s faders (that used to be pretty bad).
- The not-that-expensive (but not cheap) and the cheap ones lack of controls of an ergonomic size, and most of their features are buried under layers of key combinations.
- They mostly look like a toy. Clients like to see buttons, lights, etc.
- Lack of proper meters.
What do you think?
If you could add a feature, what would you like to have?
What’s your dream controller?