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Originally Posted by oldgearguy View Post
The only thing that tweaks me a little is - 6 across instead of 8. Did this start life as a 6 OP FM editor or LARC replacement?

For example, if I want to have controls for two typical ADSR envelopes, I either take up 2 rows of 4 or wrap the second envelope around row 1 and 2. The vast majority of other MIDI remotes have groupings of 4 or 8.

Not necessarily a deal breaker, but quick sketches for the stuff I want to control finds me using extra rows rather than wrapping params across 2 rows.
They released a new ADSR graphical control that uses one spot now. You can use one knob and the 3 left buttons to control all the ADSR or open it up in a bigger window to control the ADSR with the middle 4 knobs.
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I did download the manual someone posted and saw that.
That was just one example I thought of this morning. They do seem to do a good job of trying to create a quick, repeatable experience and of course some of that is up to the user creating the template to do some logical grouping and labeling.

Maybe it's just the math/computing OCD background kicking in where I find powers of two more logical than multiples of three. lol

It's always a tradeoff between dedicated position-based controls with limited parameters and a more generic layout with access to more data at once.

I'm faster in front of a MiniMoog than an iPad when editing a synth simply due to being able to tweak the Mini without thinking - just grab the control and adjust. I do understand that something like an Ensoniq Fizmo would never be able to have a front panel/editor with dedicated controls arranged in a Mini-like layout and I accept the tradeoff, but it does tend to slant what kinds of gear I end up buying and how much I edit them.

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