Hey guys, I wanted to introduce myself and get in the conversation.....I've just started my own company that is building touch screens specifically for DAW users. I've been in the touch screen hardware integration field for 13 years prior and decided to go out on my own.
My product is oriented just like a standard mixing console. Like a desktop Mackie at a 15 degree angle.
You can check out the info at DAW touch screen
The website is not quite finished because I have been concentrating on the setting up for the 09 NAMM show in Nashville the last few weeks. Were booth #444 if anyone will be attending btw.....
If you don't mind I'd like to respond to a few of points made in no particular order:
Grease on the fingers is not a problem. You can wear gloves if you like. My touch displays use optical sensors they can take greasy hands or stylus inputs. The "overlay" to the video display is tempered glass, the hidden sensors map the touch coordinates so there's no sensitive touch membrane to damage.
Heat: yes the TS-control 32 gets warm, but the 4mm glass overlay insulates the heat from the user. The our aluminum enclosure gets warm to the touch on the top of the unit though. No fans needed.
Viewing angles: ours has 178 degree viewing in both directions. Looks great sitting in front of the unit or standing up.
System resources: our touch screen simply communicates via USB and is HID compliant. It is basically seen by your OS like a mouse.
Is it a true mouse replacement? Maybe maybe not. I usually reach for the mouse when doing very fine waveform editing, but other that I operate the DAW with the touch screen. Everything from fader moves, EQ, VST's, range selection, panning, double click, right click, etc.
Accuracy when hitting small check boxes: I've tested our screen extensively with Logic on MacOS and Samplitude/Protools on PC at 1920x1080 resolutions and have not had any problems hitting the button I need. Yes I miss once in a while but that's dependant on how many beers I've had.
The optical sensors have a about 36,000 x 36,000 touch resolution (or call it reportable XY coordinates) so it's VERY accurate.
We've chosen to go with a 32" widescreen format for several reasons.
- with your elbows on touch enclosure (like an analog desk posture) the average man can reach most of the screen without having to get out of the resting position.
- at 1280x720 resolution, many DAW's faders are show up 100mm in length.
- 32" widescreen on sitting the desk has quite a WOW factor for new clients.
- the larger the screen the more accurate paramaters can be adjusted. But anything bigger than 32" seemed to be too large having to reach some controls at the top of the screen
Multi-touch: our screens are multitouch capable, ready for Win 7. I am working on finding a solution that will allow us to use the screen in a "multi user" fashion enabling 2 parameters to be changed at once. As of right now, the hardware is limited by the operating systems.
I think multi-touch is cool, but the fancy zooms and scrolls are not really needed in the DAW world as much as true "multi user" might would be. That's what we are working on next.
Please shoot me any questions you may have!
info at dawtouch dot com
or feel free to call anytime. 256-361-9987
Sorry for the long post! I'm not trying to to sell anything, just wanted to be part of the discussion.
Red Leaf Technology, LLC