DAW Controllers & Surfaces

A Control Surface is a device which allows the user to control a digital audio workstation (DAW) or other audio applications. It is used to simplify and give the user a hands-on control rather than using the computer mouse/keypad for controlling a DAW. They can be used to increase the workflow of recordings and speed up the process of editing and mixing in a studio. The control surface connects to the host computer via many different interfaces. MIDI was the first major interface created for this purpose, although many devices now use USB, FireWire, or Ethernet. Mixing tracks on a laptop can be cumbersome. With the help of a control surface, the whole process is once again a physical to-do milestone in music production, with the added advantage of simplicity and assignable buttons, faders, knobs, and dials. If you’re tired of using your mouse to mix, a control surface wi...

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