Originally Posted by ntravis
Say Hello to AirFader
While I have not formally launched the product, there has been a trickle of very positive interest. But this weekend saw several new subscribers in a short period of time, and it pointed to this thread. So here I am. I hope you all don't mind if I address some questions; it's not my intent to hijack the forum.
No info on pricing, though. And website says release is expected ~May 2010.
The product is currently being beta tested by a few people, and based on some feedback, it's turned into a more robust product than I initially intended for the first release. (Should certainly update the website.)
Uh! MIDI based. Bad news. Pass.
Yes and no. My typical complaints about MIDI for control are that it's slow, limited in connectivity, and has dependence on dongles, etc... In this case however it's a flavor of MIDI over IP, and the Yamaha boards support a much higher data rate through their Ethernet port than even their own MIDI ports. (Some bulk functions don't even work over the standard MIDI ports.) And of course being IP-based there's no additional hardware and it's limited only by your network design (wireless, etc.)
For better or worse, MIDI as a transport protocol is pretty widely implemented, and very platform and hardware independent. Yamaha has done a phenomenal job in making every square inch of their current digital boards accessible via MIDI... all the way down to the intensity of the lamp. It's pretty exciting even to work on.