And I still don't care for the idea of adjusting faders on a touch-sensitive glass screen.
- Thank you Marc. Finally someone!
Saw the Slate Raven at NAMM:
Their booth had a crowd all through the show, it's clear that this kind of surface has a visual impact - which was a very important factor for Recording/Mixing Studios in the past.
In use, it was very responsive.
It certainly causes us to rethink what the most appropriate user interface is for audio levels, is a physical knob or fader a necessity, or just the best thing we've had for the last 40 years?
As a manufacturer, the attractiveness lies in the lower cost possible (no incremental cost per channel).
But is "mixing with your eyes" (because you have to look at the image on the screen to make any adjustment) incompatible with critical auditory mixing skills. I'm not experienced enough with either to say one way or another, but my gut says that it's easier to concentrate on the sound if you don't have to engage massive parts of your brain in vision and image comprehension tasks at the same time.
There is always a strong argument for : the best tool is the one you have in your hand right now, i.e. if everyone has an tablet, they're going to use it if it has the feature they need and it takes more time to set up a more suitable tool.