Saturday, March 15, 2008

Using a Point of Sale (POS) Keyboard in Ableton?

Over at the boards user Vayperlok posted an interesting question regarding a keyboard and Ableton. Now I am sure all of us out there with laptops, especially those used for live usage are looking for the perfect midi controller. We have seen the popularity of Monome and others of its like, but Vayperlok brought up a really great idea. Could you use a POS keyboard instead of a QWERTY keyboard to achieve this goal?

Having an army of self programmable keys in front of you like that seems like it would be a fantastic solution for triggering loops and midi. Has anyone had any experience using a POS keyboard in Ableton or any other DAW? We would love to hear your opinion on the matter of how easy or difficult it is to not only program the keyboard but also setup the DAW software to accept an input keyboard for music notes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have experimented with a POS keyboard back in 1999 or 2000 (so I don't remember which model it was). It was kind of cool, but there seemed to be a limit on the number of simultanious keypresses, and possibly because of crappy POS keyboard to keystroke software, response time could be a little slow.

However, maybe things have changed for the better in 8 years.