Does it ever! Since AlphaTrack is a small, lightweight device, and since it is powered over its USB cable (with no external power adapter required), it is the perfect companions for laptop musician who need to work on the go.
That's our unique touch-sensitive jog and shuttle strip. It can detect when it is touched by your finger, and can also determine if you are using one finger or two (spaced slightly apart). It is typically used to control the project timeline, much like a jog/shuttle wheel, only faster. Put two fingers down on it and you're ready to shuttle. Slide them a bit to the right, and you shuttle slowly to the right. Slide further right and go faster, or left and slow down and even go backwards. Now lift one finger, with just one finger touching, and you directly control the timeline. Scroll left or right to place the “now” time precisely where you want it.
Sorry, but no. You can use just one AlphaTrack on a given computer.
While it comes with a 6' (1.8 m) cable, you can use any approved USB cable with it. Standard USB cables of up to 16' (5 m) are readily found, and active extension cables can take you even farther.
Bet you’re not using Service Pack 2, right? If so, we strongly recommend that you get this upgrade which includes a fix for this operating system bug, along with many other useful fixes.
Smaller than a breadbox. In fact it is about 8.5" x 6" x 3" (22 cm x 15 cm x 7.5 cm) and weighs just over one pound (510 grams).
We were hoping someone would ask! (OK, so this ain't a Frequently Asked Question, but we wish it was!) Many music-oriented computer peripherals have rotary knobs for control. Our three rotary knobs are attached to continuous-turn encoders, not limited-turn potentiometers. They can instantaneously be mapped to different parameters and turned to increment or decrement those parameters, as opposed to limited-turn pots. When they are mapped to a different parameter and turned, the system puts out a fixed value corresponding to the knob's position, and the parameter typically jumps, inelegantly, to that value.
With AlphaTrack we've “kicked it up a notch,” or two, by providing a display right above the knobs for parameter name and value feedback, and by making the knobs touch-sensitive. Just put your finger a knob and the system can respond by instantly showing more detailed name and value information on the display, showing a large bar graph or a more precise numeric value or a longer name. It's just plain easier to use!
After extensive research and testing, we have determined the optimal location of the AlphaTrack. It is wherever you want it! Seriously, it seems like everyone who tries it has their own way of using it, and they are all correct. Some folks even like to sit back in the speaker sweet spot with the AlphaTrack in their lap while fine tuning their mixes. “It's all good.”
What are you, my high school English teacher??? Actually, it's pretty easy. TranzPort is wireless and is designed to help you record tracks from anywhere in your studio. AlphaTrack is designed to speed your editing and mixing workflow, -- by giving you maximum control over your tracks, effects, and instruments, while consuming a minimum of desktop space.
You know, it might just make sense to have them both.
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