MIDI controller for QS?

Discussion in 'Lasershow Designer QuickShow' started by AlexJ, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. AlexJ

    AlexJ Member

    Does anybody know some suitable and reliable MIDI controller for QS? I was thinking about AKAI APC 40 but it seams it's a little bit hard to make it work. OK, cue triggering is not crucial, any touch screen should be helpful but I would like to have real sliders and knobs. Any suggestion? Thank you in advance guys!
     
  2. smokeAndMirrors

    smokeAndMirrors Well-Known Member

    I use a touchscreen laptop (ASUS) and a Korg nanoKontrol - works really well.
     
  3. AlexJ

    AlexJ Member

    Yeah, I considered that device too, looks really nice. :) Have you spent some time for mapping?
     
  4. Foxtrot7

    Foxtrot7 Member

    What about Mini remote apps for an Ipad...i thought I could get this to work, but no such luck.
     
  5. smokeAndMirrors

    smokeAndMirrors Well-Known Member

    It takes about half an hour to set up the sliders and knobs for live control. Though I like the look of the black one, the white version has the advantage that you can write on it with a Sharpie to remind you what the knobs do :)

    Quite a few folk who use LivePro use this controller. Obviously quite a bit more expensive, but with a bit of software you can change what the LCD strip says. Probably overkill for QS and I am happy with the Korg. I have LivePro but it lacks the immediacy of QS. As for Beyond, there are quite a few possibilities there and if I do upgrade I may well purchase a controller liken this.

    For added MIDI flexibility, I also run a piece of software, Bome's Midi Translator, which allows me to translate button presses on the Korg to discrete control values for QS. This is primarily for selecting laser colours. The software isn't cheap, but it is powerful. If you run that you also need a MIDI loopback device such as LoopBe1 (free, hurrah!)
     
  6. smokeAndMirrors

    smokeAndMirrors Well-Known Member

    I struggled with VNC but could not get my iPad to talk to my laptop. Utterly frustrating.
     
  7. AlexJ

    AlexJ Member

    What do you think about Akai APC 20?
     
  8. Foxtrot7

    Foxtrot7 Member

    Yeah...I dont know why...it just wont talk to it...thought I did everything right...same deal...very frustrating indeed.
     
  9. smokeAndMirrors

    smokeAndMirrors Well-Known Member

    Yup, it was that guide I followed. Just plain refused to work.
     
  10. smokeAndMirrors

    smokeAndMirrors Well-Known Member

    Yeah I fought for an afternoon with Win7, probably didn't try everything but to be honest, I use a touchscreen lappy anyway so I was only having a go for the novelty value :)
     
  11. tonyaztec

    tonyaztec New Member

  12. AlexJ

    AlexJ Member

    Tnx Toni, I will consider that article before final decision. It is very helpful! :)
     
  13. Foxtrot7

    Foxtrot7 Member

    I think I actually may have something to 'Give Back'. I finally got the Ipad MIDI to talk with QS. It took quite a bit of messin around and I'm still not to the point of writting up a line by line set of instructions; however, it's coming.

    Peace!
     

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