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Is anyone using a stand-alone shuttle wheel for fx, dialog or other general post-production editing in Pro Tools? I've fallen in love with the ICON and Euphonix control-surfaces at my college's studios. Interested in picking up a semi-portable controller that I can use with my own system....as well as float from one editorial station to another. Experiences? Recommendations?
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I've had my eye on the Artist Transport since I left my D-Command behind. I hear good things about them. But I'm also on board with Nelson and the Contour ShuttlePro v2. At 1/4 the price of the Artist series, buying twice still puts you ahead.
Also, I've seen people use the Griffin Powermate but I don't know how effective it is. Seems very single-purpose as opposed to the other solutions.
Although it has more buttons, and is larger than a Griffin PowerMate or similar, I absolutely adore my Euphonix MC Transport (and the other units, to boot). Zero issues with PT9, Logic, and MacOS. Solid, huge range of button programming options, I even use it with FCP, After Effects, even Photoshop. Highly recommended if you're willing to have a unit that large, although it's pretty light in terms of weight.
I know how you feel. After working on an Icon rig daily for several years and training others on it I was hooked hard. I've often asked the same question you are now. I'm on the visceral interfacing tip lately. Tactile interaction makes a huge difference.