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Can I buy a simple remote to control a DAW? Synchronisers/Clock Generators
Old 16th August 2007
Gear Head

Question Can I buy a simple remote to control a DAW?

Hi. I'm a frustated analog guy stumbling around in DAW land.
Several years ago I bought Nuendo so I could sync up to my analog machine but it never happened and I never felt comfortable using Nuendo or any DAW for that matter. I just about gave up on them. But then last year, I got my first mac and was screwing around with garageband. For the first time, I actually was able to figure it a computer based recording program and actually record something

I was experimenting with garageband again the other day, but using the mouse to do everything started to bug me to the point where I just turned it off and walked away.

I there a cheap control unit I could buy and setup to control the transport section of a daw? I saw a tascam (i believe) on music123 for $600 or something but it had faders and everything. I can't spend this much. I don't mind the mixing and track setup so much using the mouse...but I hate when I'm trying to get a take down playing an instrument and I have to change the focus to the computer after every'd be so much easier to hit a button...

If there is something for garageband that'd be great. I have nuendo in my pc with a lynx2 card but my pc is upstairs and I'd like to be a little more portable. I was actually thinking about buying a small protools LE bundle since I need some type of AD convertor for the mac anyway. I'd appreciate any advice.
Old 16th August 2007
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Look into Frontier Designs Tranzport. It is VERY popular and well recieved by people. It is designed primarily for musicians in your situation just like you.

I haven't got mine yet but it is a purchase for me in the near future because I haven't heard a single complaint yet.....Just a lot of, "AHHHH what a relief!"

Anyway that is your simple remote although not so simple and not super cheap but still you could do a lot worse for 200$ in the recording universe.
Old 16th August 2007
Gear Head

thanks...that looks nice!

Looks like no garaband support though?
Old 17th August 2007
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goldenlotus's Avatar

This is probably exactly what you want.
Old 17th August 2007
Gear Head

Yes, thanks, that would be nice!
I just checked the apple discussions on garageband and I read about how apple has not upgraded the firmware for it to work with the new version of garageband. I also read older posts saying the same thing about the PREVIOUS version of garageband (the one I have).

I don't know...almost seems like a gamble. Also a negative that it only works with garageband. Sometimes you can't seem to win with apple.
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