Knobs: Linear vs. Circular - Which ones do you prefer?

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Linear or Circular knobs?

Total votes: 97

Topic Starter
880 posts since 22 Jan, 2005

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 2:48 pm

I'm just curious what's the general opinion on this one.

I prefer linear ones, because I think that they're just easier to work with, they require less accuracy. I guess there might be some situations where I'd prefer circular knobs... but I can't think of any right now. :D

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34005 posts since 14 Sep, 2002 from In teh net

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:11 pm

I like the knobs on my Creamware synths best because they are not only linear - they also respond to the mousewheel if you mouse over them for finer control. Ohmforce knobs are also great - though they are linear they don't respond to mousewheel (wish they did) but they seem to have "weight" somehow and move very responsively and if you "throw" them they have their own inertia. A combination of both would be my ideal I think.

3439 posts since 27 Dec, 2002 from North East England

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:18 pm

I've never understood the circular control fans. I mean, if you like your knobs to suddenly jump to a different position everytime you click to tweak them...

I guess they have more resolution, but that can be addressed on linear knobs by adding shift-click funtionality. I'd like to see control-click for even finer control myself.

1243 posts since 24 Oct, 2003 from Maine

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:26 pm

grrr... cirucular knobs = teh annoying. The smoothest control with a mouse is obviously linear.

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649 posts since 30 Oct, 2004 from Brighton, UK

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:32 pm

Do you mean when you click on a knob which Motion is the best?

If so. Linear by far.
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1474 posts since 7 Jan, 2004

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:19 pm

I voted circular because of the knob's shape/appearance. The handling/movements should of course be linear!
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1345 posts since 17 Sep, 2002

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:10 pm

isn't a linear knob also known as a slider?
and a circular slider known as a knob?

40 posts since 14 Apr, 2004

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:46 pm

I think this is about the handling of the knob. Circular controlled knobs are a pain in the *#"¤!! :x
IF someone decides to have them, they should add the ability to toggle/shift to linear control. Shouldn't be that hard
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7883 posts since 16 Apr, 2003 from -on the outside looking in

Post Sat Jun 18, 2005 11:49 pm

linear. But I muuuuuch prefer sliders/faders.
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8072 posts since 12 Dec, 2003 from Canada

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:31 am

Linear all the way, I don't know why circular even exists.
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1244 posts since 21 Nov, 2003 from San Francisco

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:33 am

Circular knobs are irritating IMO.

170 posts since 31 Aug, 2001 from Cromer UK

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:47 am

Linear every time....and ideally with mouse wheel control as well

85 posts since 3 Jan, 2005 from Seattle <-- HERE --> Vancouver

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:49 am

Linear motion all the way, and sliders, not knobs.

Topic Starter
880 posts since 22 Jan, 2005

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:03 am

Yeah, I was referring to the motion/handling when you click(and drag) on a knob, not to the actual shape (knob vs. slider).

I'm not surprised with the results so far, at all. :D

synthpulse: I like sliders, but don't they take more space than knobs? I mean with a small knob, you can make a more precise movement than with a slider of the same height.

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21263 posts since 10 Jun, 2004 from Pony Pasture

Post Sun Jun 19, 2005 4:06 am

The best are linear sliders that require circular mouse motion to operate.

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