Rhino wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:44 pm
adding to Raino's Metagrid suggestion, and -steve-'s MIDI KB one, there are several ASCII based KBs that are made specifically for this task.
You can define your own multi-key combinations in the driver "per key" (Like your alt+shift+f12
for example), which have to correspond to the KCs you assigned in Cubase for your actions & macros - it's dead easy and 100% reliable.
I use several of these in combination :
- Logitech G13 - 3 layers of G-keys + a handy joystick (e.g. for zooming)
- Logitech G11 - regular ASCII KB, with 3x 18 G-keys on the left
both share the same driver, stupidly named "Gaming Software", which has the additional advantage of application-specific profiles, so your custom keys will only work in Cubase, but for Wavelab you can have a different set.
Profile switching is automatic depending on focus.
both are discontinued, but easily available used (and built to last half a lifetime).
- in the middle you see a Cherry POS KB (no, not what you think
ale) with 144 freely assignable keys.
the coloured keycaps were donated by two old editor's keyboards, but stock it comes with removable transparent caps to print out your own key labels, and there's a wide selection of compatible coloured key caps available in the usual places.
- In addition / combination with these I use AutoHotKey (AHK) to overcome Cubase's key focus problems.
- finally, the mouse has extra buttons I use for modifier keys (e.g. alt, very handy for tool switching)
a general piece of advice :
you'll soon notice that the real challenge is "brain to KB" mapping, not the "KB to Cubase" interface.
I rely heavily on colours and shapes (both physical key- and colour patterns) for memorizing, works really great for me.
If you have to check out written key labels before pressing your KC, you're doing something wrong, even the mouse might be faster then.
so my seemingly wild mix of devices actually makes perfect sense from the memorizing standpoint.
hope that gives you some ideas,
all Windows, ime, ymmv,
(I see, Rommelaar typed faster
Beautiful set-up. I finally got an I-pad and metagrid. I Installed the server, the virtual midi-port and base template. Working up the macros and other things.
Most challenging for me is working out ergonomic positioning of the i-Pad. I'm working on that.
Right out of the box, I was very happy with the functions. I'm sure I'll tweak things as I get more adept at using it.
Metagrid really seems to be a great way to operate Cubase.