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v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby brucerothwell » Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:51 am

I have been looking for a DAW controller software that I can use with a touchscreen.

I noticed this bullet point in the D8bridge v2 announcement:

"D8Bridge usable without a D8B! (As remote control software)"

Can someone explain what that means?

Also, any more idea on release timeframe?

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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby bitSync » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:31 am

I'm not trying to steer you away from D8Bridge, but if you haven't chosen a DAW software yet, the current release of Cakewalk Sonar X3 fully implements its user interface through touchscreen (multi-touch gestures) in Windows 8.x -

http://www.cakewalk.com/Products/SONAR/touch.aspx

This means you don't need another software to go between your touchscreen and your DAW. There may be other touchscreen DAWs out there now but Cakewalk have been at it since X1, so a few years now.

Marc's D8Bridge v2.0 isn't on the market yet, and only he can tell you what he has in mind, but I believe the d8b surface will be graphically rendered and the graphics will respond to user input (mouse?) to send MIDI messages to the DAW. I don't know if touchscreen is in his plans or not; he'll have to let us know. This D8Bridge GUI will likely be a less robust interface than hands-on the DAW GUI itself via touchscreen, that is, the DAW touchscreen will permit you to interface with any element of the DAW GUI whereas the D8Bridge GUI will likely be confined to the normal controls found on the d8b surface (I'm guessing). The strength of the D8Bridge product, in my mind, is the tactile feedback of having your hands on a fader or a knob without having to devote any of your attention to a screen or visual elements. Perhaps the ideal environment is a combination of both touchscreen (like the Cakewalk X3 DAW GUI) and tactile environment (like D8Bridge).

Maybe Marc can elaborate for us. Hope this helps.
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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby Marc Girard » Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:41 am

BitSync got it right. D8Bridge v2.0 has a GUI now. It'll always be a mirror of the real D8B. It is also fully clickable/mousable. That's why I said "Control your DAW without a D8B", I know it doesn't make no sense but for those who would like some kind of "unified" interface for their DAW, D8Bridge will control 24 faders directly without fader banking. In other words, D8Bridge can be used also as a MCU/HUI emulator, much like LC Xmu on Mac.

It is possible to connect to your DAW without having a connection to your D8B. That's why I said so. That's how I'm developing D8Bridge 2.0 actually, I don't have to have my board right next to me, a real time saver! :)
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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby brucerothwell » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:00 pm

Thanks for the replies!

I am already sunk deeply into Pro Tools, so want to stick with it, at least for now.

Is it possible the d8bridge DAW controller piece could use some testing, or available early?

I am getting close to pulling the trigger on an Acer T272HL touchscreen, and could be able to help move development forward, if you are looking for help.

I also do graphics design, so could help with the interface design bits, if you need it.

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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby brucerothwell » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:52 pm

Marc,

I wanted to post this update in hopes of getting your attention to realize that I could be of help to you.

I have set up a large touchscreen system, using a a 42" infrared overlay frame from Zaagtech (China). It works very well, and even includes OSX drivers.

I have been working with demos of Smithson Martins' Emulator Pro, and Bome's Midi Translator Pro, to develop a virtual DAW controller, and have had enough success to get to the point of being willing to buy those 2 programs.

However, I also think that your work is more sophisticated, and before I plunk down $$$ for those tools, I am interested in not only how v2 is progressing, but if you would allow me to help finish/test the development on the Mac side. (I can even help on the Windows side, via Parallels).

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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby Marc Girard » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:11 pm

Hello Bruce,

Thanks for offering your help, it is appreciated! There's a few others who approached me and asked about various solutions for touch screens and other consoles. Heck, even Yamaha Canada would like me to port D8Bridge to their old O2R mixing boards. For now, I've got to concentrate on finishing D8Bridge 2.0, that's my priority.

I'll let you know as soon as there is a Mac version that's stable. For now, I'm still having issues with the OpenGL (GUI). Works fine on PC, not Mac. It's almost perfect, but it'll need more time.

Thanks for writing!
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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby firehouze » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:57 am

Hey Marc,
I have a opportunity to buy D8bridge I'm just wondering for pc and with. Me using logic pro x would I be able to use it as a full daw or the kinks have not been ironed out yet?
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Re: v2 Offers "DAW Controller"

Postby ismains » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:20 pm

hi firehouze!

may i suggest you to go with the probox as a full daw controller...or at least go read some tread about it under the probox forum...i have bought one and i am fully satisfied with it.....Munkustrap offer continuous updates and the product is getting better and better................
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