Laptop Music with AlphaTrack: Yes, I AM Checking My Email

Laptop musicians, had enough of people saying you look like you might be checking your email? Try actually checking your email. That’ll show ’em. David Battino (who also runs O’Reilly’s Digital Media site) did an “advertorial” for Electronic Musician on Frontier Design’s AlphaTrack. He goes into lots of details as far as assignments, but as a quick “because it’s there” gimmick, assigns a function key to an AppleScript for checking email. This being CDM, I’d want to go further, like assigning the contents of your email server to a wild visualization in Processing or something. But David does have some …

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Less is More: $199 One-Channel PreSonus FaderPort, Frontier AlphaTrack Controllers

You’re tired of using your mouse to grab on-screen controls. You want something physical to control, a motorized fader that will automatically pop to the right position. But you aren’t quite ready to surrender a bunch of workspace to a hulking full-sized control surface. You want something as compact and easy to grab as the mouse, but that makes sense for audio. You’re evidently the target market for two new one-channel fader control surfaces, the PreSonus FaderPort and the Frontier AlphaTrack, both with a US$200 street. The FaderPort made an appearance at NAMM in January; I got to give the …

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