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Re[2]: foot (cont) roller

I did not know a roller exists on a device. Do you have any visual
feedback on the boomerang?

I would like it as standalone-roller?

TH> make the roller an alpha controller (spins forever in either direction)

That's what I want.

I would use it with my Laptop and Möbius would show the changes in the
GUI. I did not think about hardware without any visual feedback.

Matthias (L)

TH> I certainly prefer the Boomerang's roller control to a volume pedal
TH> type controller, but in a programmable situation I think that you'd
TH> need some LED's or some readout to show you what the software value
TH> you were controlling with the roller was currently set to.  make the
TH> roller an alpha controller (spins forever in either direction), and
TH> you'd be set, but now you need bidirectional communcation with your
TH> rack gear, a second MIDI cable (how it pains me that MIDI requires one
TH> cable for send and one to receive), and some way to get your rack box
TH> to send that information.

TH> TravisH

TH> On 1/9/06, numbernine@gmx.net <numbernine@gmx.net> wrote:
>> I have got an idea for a MIDI foot controller, that I I've never seen
>> somewhere. If it exists please tell me.
>> I think about a roll (or roller, or barrel, don't know the precise
>> english term). I put a (very simple) sketch at
>> http://matthias.loibner.net/files/contRoller.jpg
>> It should have an endless rotary encoder and send relative continuos
>> controller data.
>> I think it has some advanteges compared to a pedal.
>> When you switch the function of the pedal at your hardware or in
>> your software, the parameter you wish to control can have a different
>> value from the position of the pedal, so you need either to adapt the
>> pedal to the needed position, or as relative movement you might not
>> have enough way to control what you want.
>> The roller could be more subtle to change a value, when you touch it.
>> With a pedal I always fear to touch it too hard or accidentely.
>> I guess a pedal is much better for controls where your movement is
>> part of the music like a whawha, but for mixing or fine-control your
>> effects I can imagine a roller or a set of four coud do a better job.
>> 1st of all: what do you think?