Binder is an OSC controller for Cockos Reaper DAW.
It is a template for a Liine Lemur app, it works wirelessly from iPads (or Android devices).
Using Binder you can work with Reaper just like with a modern digital console with touchscreen/iPad remote (or like with standalone multitrack recorder), no need to stare at the monitor on fancy GUIs. User can concentrate exclusively on sound, not giving so much attention to the tool itself.
It is known fact that user experience and user-machine interface plays a vital role in music production. That is why with most tasks at the studio it just plain feels better (and faster to work) with analog consoles and outboard, not to mention the ability to grab 2 or more thins at once, or with all 10 fingers. Same works for controlers: once you had a good experience of fader riding with bare hands you’ll never want to come back to mouse pointer.
Navigation in a project, tracks/folders navigation, necessary track/takes operations, color-coded level meters (calibrated at -23dBFS as 0VU), dynamic range meters, up to 10 sends and receives per track accessible immediately (monitoring mixes!), and almost any operations on a plugins, including multitouch parameters editing, which is a must.
User can actually have fingers on real (albeit touchscreen-based) faders and write any volume/pan automation he wants.
The advanced workflow using controllers such as Binder is simple and fast: you select a track, you add/move/edit a plugin, add/arm/solo any tracks, writing any parameters automation for the plugins realy fast…
And more – selecting only tracks you want to see right now, or all muted tracks, or only folders or busses, for example…
Navigating within a project “classic way” – by grid, markers and regions, making markers and regions, choosing “best takes” by ear…
Binder will be released as a donationware this april, i hope.