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Last post Tue, Aug 25 2020 by karmakarmakarma, 8 replies.
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Posted on Thu, Dec 06 2018 22:30
by jhonny.eriksson
Joined on Mon, Jun 21 2010, Sweden, Posts 69

Hello,


With the release of the Steinway I came to the conclusion that I must experience this with a high-quality midi-keyboard and has therefore decided to grab a DOEPFER PK88. I’ve previously been using a M-Audio Oxygen 88 but am not loving the key action on it. It’s way to sluggish action to feel anything like a real keyboard.
However, I do use some of the Midi controllers on it, such as the mod-wheel, and sliders for controlling my VXF, EXP, S-XF etc. and the DOEPFER PK88 is simply just keys. Do anyone have any recommendation on a good Midi controller that can be used to easy manage all the VSL controllers?

Best Regards

Posted on Fri, Dec 07 2018 09:21
by Fabio Biolcati
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2013, Posts 197

Both Grand and Studio versions of Studiologic SL88 are very good, though I prefer wheels instead of joysticks as controllers (these machines has three of them!).
Hope it helps.

Fabio Biolcati
SE1 Bundle, SE2&3 Strings; Notion5; Tannoy Reveal 501a
Posted on Sun, Dec 09 2018 10:32
by jhonny.eriksson
Joined on Mon, Jun 21 2010, Sweden, Posts 69

Thanks for the tip. Good to know that SL88 seem like a very capable keyboard with great action. However, I was looking for a stand-alone Midi Controller that can be used togeather with a DOEPFER PK88 keyboard since it does not have any buttons or sliders.

However, I came across this little thing; Expressive E Touché. What if you could map the VXF with  a simple hand gesture and the EXP with actual pressure of the hand? and Slot-XF to control the vibrato with an actual vibrato gesture? I must try it! I'll let you know how it works if anyone is interested :)

Posted on Sun, Dec 09 2018 21:57
by Fabio Biolcati
Joined on Tue, Aug 06 2013, Posts 197

Sorry for misunderstanding.
Have a look to Korg NanoControl series —seen also in VSL videos.
Expressive E Touché is also an interesting tool.
Best

Fabio Biolcati
SE1 Bundle, SE2&3 Strings; Notion5; Tannoy Reveal 501a
Posted on Wed, Dec 12 2018 13:25
by holywilly
Joined on Mon, Jul 08 2013, Posts 65
Maybe check out Arturia’s Keylab 88
Posted on Thu, Aug 20 2020 07:39
by nilblo
Joined on Mon, Apr 20 2020, Posts 1

Hi ! Did you ever try the Expressive E Touché ?

/Nils

Posted on Mon, Aug 24 2020 15:19
by jhonny.eriksson
Joined on Mon, Jun 21 2010, Sweden, Posts 69

Yes. It did not work very well I am afraid. Although it was a while ago I remember that it was not (at all) as touch sensitive as I imagned. It's all about pressure which made it very hard to be precise, or maintain a stable level/curve. It is simply not designed for details but more "Expressive" finger drumming to trigger digital sounds. I also remember that it was only good for sounds, or plugins that it were designed for, not for others.

Hornberg HB1 + faders (Fadermaster or Icon Platform X+) is the way to go IMO.

Posted on Tue, Aug 25 2020 00:01
by karmakarmakarma
Joined on Wed, Oct 10 2018, Posts 10

I use a StudioLogic Mixface and love it.  Very easy to configure, is a good size, and all of the sliders, knobs and buttons are really high quality.  Plenty of controls, simple bank switching if you need it and smooth response all around.  https://www.studiologic-music.com/products/mixface/

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