I have yet to come across a midi controller where doing sound design for softsynths wasn't painful compared to just using the mouse and screen. Having tried multiple controllers, I always go back to screen and mouse.ghettosynth wrote: ↑Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:33 am
Agreed, I wasn't suggesting that anyone had actually made that argument, only that the arguments being made were perceived that way.
Contextually there can be advantages to either. To argue, however, that controllers + software are equivalent to any hardware that creates similar sound glosses over the differences.
I think that the only time that this would be true is when the controller is, in effect, just the hardware controls of the instrument exported to a separate box. Even then, however, it loses something.
If I try to imagine a desirable midi controller, it might be modular so one can put together individual modules better suited to ones favorite softsynths and then a docking area for an iPad Pro that would display the selected VST GUI.
What hasn't worked well for me, is developing muscle memory with controllers with the usual bank of 8 knobs/buttons and pages of parameters... which of course change depending on the synth you are controlling. There are currently 9 hardware synths in my studio (counting euro-modular as one) and I have no trouble developing muscle memory with each of them because they are dedicated to their task.
I love Bazille such that if someone made a dedicated midi controller for it that worked well and it cost a lot, I would likely buy it. If it were essential for me to be all ITB, I might build a controller for each of my favorite software synths and have them dedicated to just that task. That could work pretty well for me I think.