I am like many others on the constant quest to find the ultimate DAW control solution.
This is my thoughts.
With touch i get the ability to get hands on with Cubase. Thou i need to keep my eyes on what i do all the time. I believe that my brain wants to confirm that the fader i am moving is actually moving. Even thou i could just close my eyes and listen for it. I need some kind of stimuli feedback to fully put all energy into my auditory section of my brain. Fully listen.
The same thing happens when i use a graphical EQ, the curve i see starts to conflict with what i hear. “That EQ curve does not look right? But it sounds good!”.
For these reasons, analog consoles lets me focus on what i hear. Since i don’t get any real visual feedback, only tactile response from the fader and knobs and of course the change i inflict on the sound.
My conclusion is, that i benefit the most from combining the best of the two worlds. Touch works great for me as long as i don’t change a parameter over time, such as turning a virtual knob. Therefor virtual buttons are working great, such as soft keys. Its simple 1/0 changes, on/off which i don’t require a tactile feedback for.
Thou when i swipe changes to parameters, to much focus goes to making sure contact is being registered by the iPads touch screen. I can not leet go the same way as if i am holding something physical.
So my idea is that the best for me would be to use touch for soft keys, and to pick which parameter i want to change. And actual change of the parameter with a Steinberg CC121 control surface. Which have a physical fader, pan and even AI/parameter change knob too.
For example. What i want to do is. Having the iPad running IC Pro next to the CC121. I want to see all channels displayed inside Cubase IC Pro. And just pick what channel i want to change with one hand and changing the value of the parameter with the other hand using the CC121. That way, my workflow gets really close to analog. I dive into the region of the virtual console where i want to make the change, and at the same time when i would have got a grip of the physical fader with the same hand diving down on the console, i get control of that channels fader with the CC121 hand. The difference is that i need to use a two hand combination to do the same thing as one hand would have done in the analog realm.
So my wish is to add page inside IC Pro where all channels are being displayed as a matrix.Rows of boxes, with names and meters for each channel, color coded. With quick tools to find the right channel fast.
And if i use a touch screen with Cubase on my computer. Then i want to simply touch the knob on the VST instrument that i want to change, with my right hand, and change the value of the knobs parameter with the AI knob on the CC121, with my left hand. Like if i was diving into a physical synths parameter.
It would be even cooler if i did not need a touch screen on my computer. Instead if my iPad could show the plug-in on the iPad display, and i just choose what parameter i want to change from there.