Hello - Some of you have seen me mention this in other forum posts, but I wanted to get an idea if there would be any real interest in having a hardware patch bank for live patch changing on the Reface CS. While sound mondo is great, I'm not a fan of using (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone) in live performance. I prefer hardware buttons that are easy to touch. I have narrowed it down to two possibilities:
1. A small read only device, with 32 - 64 patches (still working out device memory limitations) that works via standard midi out and uses a 5V power supply. Would have two buttons and a very simple scrolling matrix display. Could be a general bank of pads, leads, basses etc. - or would could have different versions, similar to the ROM Cards of the 80's and 90's While it would be possible to have your own sounds burned onto the device, it's a fairly cumbersome process. For those that want it, it could be done, but would add a good deal of expense. Cost: @$70
2.A USB based device that would allow for saving your own patches directly and recalling them. This is a much larger undertaking, but would be a fairly small box with a USB jack, buttons, a small (40 Char?) display, and a 5V power supply. While this could come with patches as well, the main focus is making and storing your own. Cost: $120
While I want option 2, thinking option 1 could turn out to be more viable if done correctly. Especially if I can get the costs down a little lower. I don't really know how many Reface CS's are out there, so it could be the entire thing is a waste of time. What do you think, folks? Thanks!