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Okay. One more thing you can do with MIDI that's very cool is use it with control surfaces, and these are little hardware devices you can use to actually control your software. Let's take a look at one. So, here we have a little Faderport that we've got hooked up via USB going again into the laptop, and I can use this to control my digital audio software. I can actually assign this fader to any fader in the mixer and use it in real time if I want to turn those channels up and down. Or I can assign the knob to various uses. Generally, you could use this for panning.
On another devices, other control surfaces, you can get actual strips of knobs, and you can use those for EQ tuning or different effects. It's really nice to have kind of that real-time tactile control over some of the interface things. It will let you get your hand off the mouse, which is really quite a nice thing once in a while. You can also use this to control the transport and go into Play mode or stop, rewind, fast-forward, and Record mode. So, control surfaces are a really nice way to interface with your digital audio software, and they allow you to take your hand off the mouse.
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