Hi everybody, I'm back from about a year off PD, I know it sounds terrible and it was...I'm hoping to get involved in the forum since I feel a little bit more confident and I'll still need lots of help.
I'm posting because I need to share something with people that will understand. I just discovered the Grid object (many thanks to the programmers) and I have been sitting on my computer like a kitten with a ball of yarn for the last ten minutes - because I have a 15 inch touch screen.
If anyone is interested in getting a touch screen I recommend it, though now I have to go through all my old patches to make buttons larger.
I spent a total of $115 on an Elo 1545L touchscreen and have it running *fairly* accurately on Ubuntu Studio. It's inaccurate at the edges of the screen.
While the Elo drivers should work for Windows (not XP x64 though...) (and Mac?) I could not compile them under Linux (probably because it's AMD64?...I may have been missing some dependencies, this is one of the first things I did with Linux)
so I used a program called xinput_calibrator by Tias (and co) that did a good job. The program will apply the calibrations and then output a line that you insert into your .xinitrc file. Only problem here is that I had to change Grub to "text" startup so that I get a plain login, type "startx", and it reads the script, bypassing GDM. You can make GDM read the script but I'm a Linux noob and can't be bothered.
Anyway, Grid + touchscreen = huge kaoss pad (TM) for a fraction of the price. Or drum pad, I'm finding that it is responsive enough to play sixteenth notes at a moderate tempo.
If you have any questions about touchscreens there's a 50% chance that I'll give you worthwhile information and a 100% chance I'll tell you to get Elo (because they are cheap and I haven't used any others.)
Funny thing about Elo is that the touch system works out of the box, but it inverts X and Y. A couple cleverly placed mirrors might do the trick.
Don't get one if you are dead set on using XP x64. Elo has very good docs even for discontinued items.