zerocrossing wrote: ↑
Fri May 29, 2020 10:05 am
So, considering that the Roli, Linn, Hydrasynth all offer their take on aftertouch, and the Novation keyboards have... I think the NI Kontrols do too... I’m not sure why you think aftertouch is disappearing. If anything, it’s experiencing a bit of a resurgence.
I didn't quite mean it in the unobtanium sense
- I was meaning more that it's treated as if it should only be a premium feature, and often excluded where you might not expect it to be, as some of these products aren't cheap.
EG You'll get the Montage with it, but Mod-X without. The Fantom 8 with it, but the RD 2000 without, etc. Roland even made their first MIDI 2.0 keyboard controller and didn't include it. I didn't check, but it's likely only the upper end of NI's keyboard range will include it(?)
Point being, it's not really going in the right direction when you want to see a very basic expressive feature as "standard". Instead they're taking the little bit available away, and treating cheap aftertouch strips as if they're some sort of expensive premium add-on! Indeed, it's all the more insulting when so many implementations suck. Which means, when they do bother, they provide a bad user experience - and create people who wonder why you'd bother with the feature!
What hope that they'll ever find ways to evolve the traditional form factor (IE Keep things much more towards a regular keyboard action than ROLI etc) and figure ways to implement things like left / right motion, or touch sensitive surfaces - where you can change the sound based on touch position? Not much when the few dollars, an AT strip adds, renders the product "premium". The Osmose does look very interesting, but it's still pricey and not really something which is likely to be a mass-availability product. But it's a hopeful start. Otherwise, a few things like triple sensors aside, the whole area is something which really hasn't evolved much in several decades. Poly AT being a case in point - people thought it was the start of more expressive keyboards, not the end!
But you're right to point out there's a whole bunch of stuff going on once you break away from a piano form factor and the usual suspects, and hopefully that'll lead to more things being expressive in future. MIDI 2.0 also holds the potential to remove a lot of the kludge needed to get this stuff working (multiple channels over MIDI 1.0 etc), though you'll still need the instruments to offer good support, both in terms of features and sound design.
Maybe, with Behringer actually doing a Poly AT action, if it's good we might even start to see it in affordable controllers from them, which will hopefully force others to adapt and offer more..