Synth designer Rob Papen shared this MIDI controller concept, RP-Control, via his Facebook page.
At this point, he’s just floating the concept for RP-Control to get input on the idea and to gauge interest.
“The idea is to make a USB controller for our synth products (BLUE-II, Predator, SubBoomBass, Blade),” explains Papen. “The layout is very clear, compared to other general controllers.”
“Producing such a controller is not so easy. You have to find a manufacturer and so on,” adds Papen. “So I thought… lets make an image of it and check what some do say about this idea of a ‘RP-Control’.”
Dedicated MIDI controllers, like Papen’s RP-Control concept, can offer dramatic usability improvements over generic controllers. Earlier examples, like the Korg MS-20ic Legacy Collection controller, have demonstrated that dedicated controllers can really blur the lines between MIDI controllers and hardware synths.
They have their drawbacks, too, though. Some companies have released dedicated controllers and then ‘orphaned’ them when they upgrade their software.
What do you think of the idea of Rob Papen’s RP-Control? Leave a comment with your thoughts and suggestions!