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Touch screens offer a very economical alternative to the traditional stop control unit. The main advantages apart from price from the Hauptwerk perspective lies in the ability of the screen to be able to represent many different specifications according to which sample library might be loaded. Although it might be aeshetically pleasing to install touch screens in a sloping, angled design within any console, due consideration should be given to the effect of overhead lighting on screens which may make them more difficult or impossible to see. We recommend an angled vertical arrangement in our consoles which might not look as nice but minimises this problem.

Another application for touch screens which is becoming increasingly popular is installation within the music desk as an alternative to conventional printed music. Not only does it save having piles of musty music hanging about but turning pages is more easily accomplished either by physical touch or in some cases, by a remote thumb piston control.

Touchscreens represent an economical solution depending on manufacture and the environment that they are in. This may dictate whether a simple domestic type model is chosen or whether a more rugged version designed for commercial use is chosen. There are two different systems generally available; resistive and capacitive. Recent developments in the field have allowed the use of multiple touch control which is especially useful for our purposes. Previously, touch screens were limited to one or two simultaneous touch instigation whereas now 10 or more is common.

Current prices for a 22" screen suitable for most instrument sizes are about 200.00 per screen.

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