Re: Will SBB come out or partner up for a new remote controller (VS700)?
So far Cakewalk had own controllers:
* StudioMix (Peavey) was expensive device, without feedback (no LED nor display), rather bad not touch sensitive faders, bad choice of protocol (fixed NRPNs) and bad firmware. Most devices are buggy (self moving faders, wrong direction detection for encoders, etc.)
* Roland keyboards. That was more or less "success". The hardware (in control surface part) has no advantages over much cheaper devices.
* VS-20. Digital hardware processor, fully controllable throw MIDI interface (including gain), compact surface part with feedback (LEDs). But... 2x2 only USB1.1, without dry/wet parallel recording, no standalone mode as hardware processor, no way to control the processor from the device, cheap knobs instead of encoders, rather bad latency, bad drivers, was heavily overprices for what it is.
* VS-100. "All in one" device, with one strip surface and motorized fader, build-in recorder, standalone mode, quite some I/O. But... questionable limitations for recorder and routing, Edirol interface (high latency, far from the best drivers). That still could be an interesting device, for 1/4 - 1/2 of the price they have tried to sell it. But proposed price put it into the place where it could not compete in any characteristic.
* VS-700(C). For that money, it was/is possible to get different class of equipment...
All attempts have one common component: instead of compensate the price/characteristics/quality of hardware with brilliant software, Cakewalk has failed in that department.
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