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bbow73



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: alternative to rotary encoders
Subject description: slider encoders?
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Hey, total noob question here (also, don't know if this is the right place for this question).

I'm looking for an alternative to rotary encoders in the form of sliders.
I've found some slide encoders but they seem to be used exclusively for stereo equipment (is that right? if so, is there a reason why they wouldn't be used for digital musical instruments?)

Are slide encoders the same as linear encoders?
Linear encoders seem to be used for very high tech equipment.

I tried the wiki but didn't have any luck.
Is there an online resource that can sort of these kind of question?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Do you have a link?

The rotary encoder allowed pots to be instantly reloaded at a different location. And possibly more reliable (but those are really expensive).

For a slider, you're pretty much stuck with a given physical location, so what does it buy you? I would guess they are belt driven rotary encoders anyway, so the reliability doesn't seem like much of an improvement. But I'm still curious....
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You'd need motorized faders.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Years ago I saw a Penny and Giles midi controller for sale on e-bay. (I have since regretted not getting it.) But they have continuous belt driven things. I am guessing they are belts connected to rotary encoders, but not really sure. Anyhow, that kind of thing might meet your needs--endless linear control. Just google Penny and Giles (and maybe midi).
Steve

The one I was looking at might have been the MM16: http://www.matrixsynth.com/2006/05/penny-giles-mm16-midi-controller.html .
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