With the announcement of Windows 8, pretty much everybody is (or will be) building tablet/slate devices. And, to me, it seems evident that the heyday of controllers like CC121, Faderport, Maschine, etc. will soon be over. These hardware controllers solved with touch what was clunky to do with a mouse. And while there is some benefit to the feel of a fader or a knob, that benefit is far outweighed by the flexibility and future-proof-ness of a flexible tablet/slate device.
Think of how much more you could do with a touchscreen companion to Cubase that could adapt to many different use-cases depending on your context in Cubase. For my work, I don’t envision a slate replacing my two big landscape screens. But I do imagine a touch screen sitting on my desk, playing the role of the CC121 and then some.
Here are some of the things I imagine for Cubase 7:
- Instead of having my mixer on my main screen competing with my project window on my PC monitor, why not a new mixer designed specifically for multi-touch that sits on my touchscreen, where I could grab several faders at once. Make it easy for me to easily jump to different mixer groups–just my busses and the master, then all of my VSTi outputs, my returns, my vocal group, at the touch of a button instead of hunting left/right with a scrollbar.
- Automatically switch to an extended channel strip view for the channel I have selected in the project window. Not only would I have the basics (Mute/Solo, Read/Write, Monitor, Channel Fader… but there’s enough room on a slate screen to also host the VST rack (inserts/sends).
The above two alone would be revolutionary for my workflow. But there are some more applications:
- Draw automation curves with my finger.
- Edit MIDI in the piano roll and draw MIDI controller data with my finger.
- Live mode controller
What would you want to do with a touchscreen?