Hardware for Podcast Editing
As you may know, I do quite a lot of audio editing these days for the various podcasts I am involved in. The time I spend editing the audio is worth optimizing....
So I was looking into buying affordable external controllers (aka control surfaces) for Adobe Audition. There are two ways how Audition can be controlled from an external device: the MIDI interface as well as "something that simulates a keyboard".
I have been looking into the following devices: Frontier Design Tranzport
, the Numark Total Control
, the Miditech MTB Command
as well as the Contour Shuttle Pro V2
The first three are MIDI devices and cost ca. 200 EUR. The last one is a "keyboard simulator" and costs EUR 99. I decided to try the cheapest one.
It arrived today. It has 13 buttons and two wheels, I use one for transport and one for zooming. I've assigned the most commonly used editing operations to the 13 buttons.
After editing a bit today I have to say it works really well! I now use the mouse with the right hand and the Shuttle with the left hand, hardly touching the keyboard. The editing experience is a quite a bit more efficient, and much more pleasant.
It's a little bit like HOTAS
from military aviation: it takes a little bit of time to learn to "play it", but once you have practice, you're much faster and you can operate the device blindly.