I see several questions about control surfaces in the forum lately, but I'm considering buying one for myself as I'm heading off to grad school to study screen scoring. Without being too wordy, here's what I'm considering.:
For years, I really wanted the AVID (formerly Euphonix) series of Artist devices, and I'm seeing some reasonable prices on them used now that they're long discontinued, but of course I'm going into that a little blind with respect to how functional they are/how easy/fast it is to choose a parameter and tweak it using the Control's touchscreen. To that end, I'm not finding a lot of clarification on the replacement devices, the S1 and the Pro Tools Dock in particular. (I'm also not sure yet if using the Avid Control app nets me enough of a gain over Logic Remote to consider even going that route.) On the other side of things, I'm considering either the Behringer X-Touch or the Icon QCon Pro G2, but those look more in line with the Mackie MCU—which I'm only not really considering because even used, the prices are up there, and the others are slightly smaller I think—and I'm not sure yet how the workflow goes for adjusting parameters beyond basic track controls, so I don't know how satisfied I'll be with those.
I'd love to hear from anyone with experiences with those, or with any other control surfaces I'm not considering or unaware of, especially if you're doing scoring work as well. What's everyone using out there? How happy are you with it? I've watched a ton of interviews of film composers in their studios, but can't always tell what everyone is using, hence my decision to ask. Thanks all!
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