Wacom Tablet Question
Jan 2, 2007 at 2:36pm
Wacom Tablet Question
I am rather eager to get myself a Wacom Tablet to control my Max/MSP patches, but I was thrown off by the number of different tablets available.
What is the difference (other than size and aesthetics) between, say, the Intuos3 and Graphire 4 series? I mean, from the point of view of an MSP user.
I looked around the forum to see if any one product seemed to prevail, but preferences seem to vary.
Does anyone care to share their thoughts or experiences?
Jan 2, 2007 at 3:16pm
AFAIK it depends on which versions are supported by the Wacom object,
On 2 Jan 2007, at 14:36, Kristian Holmgren wrote:
Jan 2, 2007 at 3:41pm
Jan 2, 2007 at 4:22pm
> What is the difference (other than size and aesthetics) between, say, the Intuos3 and Graphire 4 series? I mean, from the point of view of an MSP user.
As you’ve noticed, Intuos3 are more expensive than the Graphire. But they offer more buttons, higher resolution, pen tilt, tool ID, etc.
For my last piece, I used a 9×12 Intuos3 — probably overkill. I do like the tool ID feature. It means that your patch can be aware of which pen you are using (I mean, the exact pen, not just the type). I used it to change performance modes by swapping pens. I would say that tilt is nice, but it’s really hard to change the tilt and pressure at the same time. I don’t really use tilt very much, for that reason. However, I have a 6D art pen which passes rotation data, instead of tilt. That’s pretty nice. Also, I use all the buttons on the tablet (Intuos3 has more). The touch strips are essentially extra buttons, they don’t pass continuous data.
I think the Graphire is great, especially if you are experimenting or using it for one piece. It’s a good starting place. If you have extra money, or are committed to using a tablet as a big part of your music practice, then I’d go for the Intuos.
Jan 2, 2007 at 5:57pm
for me the wacom object (OS X) works both with wacom intuos 2 and 3
AFAIK only the intuos supports pressure and inclinatioon data and
anyway, these are the ones i use. they’re well worth the money!
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