Wacom Tablet Question

Jan 2, 2007 at 2:36pm

Wacom Tablet Question

Hi there,

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?

Thanks,

Kristian

#29471
Jan 2, 2007 at 3:16pm

AFAIK it depends on which versions are supported by the Wacom object,
because this is what allows you to interface it to your patch. I just
checked my version (MacOSX), and the help file doesn’t say which
types of tablet are supported – I know it works with Intuos 2 because
that is what I have – I think it works with Graphire, but I’m not
sure – it might need a newer version than I have. Can someone else
answer that?

Best

L

On 2 Jan 2007, at 14:36, Kristian Holmgren wrote:

>
> Hi there,
>
> 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?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kristian

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#92213
Jan 2, 2007 at 3:41pm

#92214
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.

cheers,

mz

#92215
Jan 2, 2007 at 5:57pm

for me the wacom object (OS X) works both with wacom intuos 2 and 3
versions, i haven’t tested any of graphires, though.

AFAIK only the intuos supports pressure and inclinatioon data and
multiple tools at the same time.

anyway, these are the ones i use. they’re well worth the money!

/*j

#92216

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