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Inspired by the recent Softube Console 1 thread, I wanted to share an idea that has proven very useful in my permanent quest to speed up the workflow while minimizing the amount of hardware: the use of a gaming keyboard.

I paid about $90 for a Corsair Raptor K50, which has a set of 18 programmable keys on the left side. I use them for my most common tasks: navigation, transport and recording.

Some keys are used for: next track, previous track, arm for recording, mute track, solo track, show inserts, show sends, media browser, etc.

Some other keys are for: record, delete previous take, advance cursor to next grid division (i like to keep snap activate most of the time), rewind, expand vertically, collapse vertically, expand and collapse horizontally, etc.

Hopefully, someone will find the idea interesting or useful (not my original idea, of course, just my own variant).

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I've been using a similar Logitech keyboard for years. I think the current version is the G510S. It's a huge help.

I found programming macros was actually easier with AutoHotKey so instead of using the keyboard software to create macros I create them in AHK and assign one of the 18 programmable keys to the AHK keystrokes. Works great.

The Logitech has 3 banks of 18 programmable keys but I haven't gone past the first one yet.

Walt

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I've had a Logitech G11 (discontinued ) with 18 extra macro keys on the left, for a few years now. Pretty handy indeed . I wished I'd stocked up on this keboard as it has 2 usb ports at the back which is useful for dongles. The new versions don't have usb except the really expensive one.

WOW I just checked on Amazon and 2 people are selling new G11's for $247 and another for £339!!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000GP844S/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

Regards

Kraznet

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The cheapest Logitech keyboard with macro keys and USB ports I can find is the G19S. That comes in at £179 retail although it's available on Amazon UK at £122.

One thing I've noticed about the newer keyboards is they've changed the shape of the enter key. It used to be wider with a left protrusion at the top. Now it's just slim horizontal key. I'm guessing that was changed to make production easier?

http://gaming.logitech.com/en-gb/product/g19s-lcd-gaming-keyboard

Regards

Kraznet

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Please have a look to the new Fairlight Xstream Controller with Sequoia Keyboard Layout. It´s more a Pro Controller. But offer later custom Layouts and third party support.

http://www.fairlight.com.au/product/universal-media-controller/

Aaaaahhhmmmmm..... you know the price?

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/10/22/fairlight-launches-xstream-desktop-controller-for-editing-mixing-recording/

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I would only buy a controller that completely eliminates the need for mouse actions when tracking and mixing. Otherwise, it's just more clutter on my desk - but that's just my opinion (I'm into making and keeping things as simple as possible).

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What about using the Microsoft Surface Music Kit to control transport and mixer?

http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/music-photos-and-video/surface-music-kit

or.......

Razer gaming keyboard for music production:

http://www.razerzone.com/press/detail/press-releases/razer-launches-music-app-featuring-afrojack-for-razer-blade-pro

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