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Behringer X-Touch - that blue light...

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:28 pm
by The Elf
I always wondered what that centre button blue light meant, and now I know. As ever with this device, because documentation is painfully thin on the ground, I discovered it by accident.

It sets the up/down/left/right buttons to be zoom controls. Works brilliantly in Cubase.

Just thought I'd share.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:44 pm
by Random Guitarist
I've been looking at the x-touch a lot recently, thinking of getting one.
Would you recommend it? Any thoughts, caveats etc would be appreciated.

Thx,

Grant.

Re: Behringer X-Touch - that blue light...

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am
by The Elf
I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation. The only caveat is that you need to label it well - the labels as it comes will likely not match your DAW.

I can only comment with regards Cubase, but just being able to switch between mixer configurations at the touch of a button has been a huge time-saver for me. Like most controllers I find that 80% of its other features are too fiddly to bother taking my hand from the mouse, but what it does it does well.

The one improvement I would love to see is support for track colour from Cubase, but I guess that ship has long since sailed.

Re: Behringer X-Touch - that blue light...

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:44 am
by Dr Huge Longjohns
Which X Touch model do you have, Elf?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:05 am
by The Elf
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:17 am
by Wonks
Does the Ziggy Stardust version replace the blue light with a beer light?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:08 pm
by Random Guitarist
Thank you, much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:18 pm
by Richard Benn
The Elf wrote:I always wondered what that centre button blue light meant, and now I know. As ever with this device, because documentation is painfully thin on the ground, I discovered it by accident.

It sets the up/down/left/right buttons to be zoom controls. Works brilliantly in Cubase.

Just thought I'd share.

Thanks, that's really useful.

+1 to the comment about labels, but it's quite easy to find templates for overlays on the web which you can then customise. I did this for Cubase then printed it out on thin card and stuck it to the X-Touch.

Richard

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:29 pm
by Music Wolf
Thanks for the low down.

I'm also seriously considering one as, in addition to linking it with Cubase in the studio, I recently aquired an XR18 for live use.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:39 pm
by blinddrew
There's a single-fader version as well that might meet a lot of people's needs but without the same desk-space requirements.
On a similar note, I see Presonus are launching a single-fader, 2-preamp interface that looks like it could be a very popular and useful bit of kit.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:03 pm
by The Elf
Music Wolf wrote:I'm also seriously considering one as, in addition to linking it with Cubase in the studio, I recently aquired an XR18 for live use.
I'm in exactly the same sitation. I bought the X-Touch primarily for the XR18, with the Cubase option as a nicety.

In reality things have turned out quite the opposite. I haven't found the X-Touch to be hugely helpful with the XR18, but with Cubase it's become a constant companion. With the XR18 the control panel you get on the PC is so informative, quick and easy to get around that the X-Touch feels clumsy and cumbersome by comparison.

As to labelling... There's a nice chap who makes overlays on magnetic rubber. They look really tidy and won't break the bank. I've asked him to make me a customised version, so I could also ask him if he would take orders for anyone interested.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:13 pm
by ConcertinaChap
The Elf wrote:I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation. The only caveat is that you need to label it well - the labels as it comes will likely not match your DAW.

Good to know as I've long had the X Touch in mind should my MCU ever go belly up (labelling not a problem since I use Logic :) ).

CC

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:50 pm
by blinddrew
The Elf wrote:As to labelling... There's a nice chap who makes overlays on magnetic rubber. They look really tidy and won't break the bank. I've asked him to make me a customised version, so I could also ask him if he would take orders for anyone interested.
oooh, is that x-touch only or could he perhaps do something for a BCR and BCF?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:12 pm
by OneWorld
ConcertinaChap wrote:
The Elf wrote:I would recommend it without a moment's hesitation. The only caveat is that you need to label it well - the labels as it comes will likely not match your DAW.

Good to know as I've long had the X Touch in mind should my MCU ever go belly up (labelling not a problem since I use Logic :) ).

CC


I think what you'd miss if going from the MCU is the track labelling. I really would have liked to have got the x-touch but couldn't see any track display, so I went for an ICON QCON £180 off eBay, and 3 years on, it's still working perfect and like the x-touch has the Mackie protocol along with the blue button ala x-touch

Re: Behringer X-Touch - that blue light...

PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:14 pm
by OneWorld
blinddrew wrote:
The Elf wrote:As to labelling... There's a nice chap who makes overlays on magnetic rubber. They look really tidy and won't break the bank. I've asked him to make me a customised version, so I could also ask him if he would take orders for anyone interested.
oooh, is that x-touch only or could he perhaps do something for a BCR and BCF?

I really liked my BCF/BCRs, one of the best controllers going, but why oh why did Behringer leave off a 9th(master) fader