I'm to the point where I finally have my light set up switched over to a DMX/USB interface but now wanted to explore a few hardware controllers. Currently I have a MIDI interface and a small Oxygen keyboard that I use for audio but wanted a little more fader options. From what I've seen around these seem to be the most flexible and/or very affordable. Has anyone used any of the following, especially in a lighting scenario. I imagine (or hope) it's fairly straight forward for any of these to be implemented within a software like Freestyler.
Novation Launch Pad- Besides the obviously large amount of pads (that I may be able to use for specific light parameters such as different colors, gobos, strobes) I'm guessing that the play buttons on the side could be used for chases or specific washes.
Akai apc20- This appears to be the best of all worlds
NanoKONTROL2- This seems like a self explanatory model (faders, knobs etc)
NanoPAD2- This unit has two rows of 8 pads. I suppose it's possible to "press and hold" for a fader-like
I have gone thru some of the forums from the past but just wanted to throw a few current models that I have seen around. Thanks!