Is it crazy for having 4 knobs on your keyboard? Any ideas?

Any ideas about their functions? :innocent:

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Music volume
Team Talk volume
Game volume
Overall volume
:person_shrugging:
Personally I have no use for it :upside_down_face:

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Music volume
Brightness
Maybe sensitivity in a game if possible
Lighting brightness on the keeb itself

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Volume
No use
No use
No use

Not a knob person :person_shrugging:

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  • Volume
  • Keyboard RGB LED Brightness
  • Pong Paddle Controller
  • Enigma Code Breaker
  • Digital Record Scratcher
  • Divide the 360 degrees into 13.85 degree sections corresponding to the letters A-Z on the weird occasion that the keyboard fails to work but the knobs still knob on
  • literal fidget spinner
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I think the ideal number of knobs is 1 myself, but the thought of using them for RGB control is actually rather tantalizing.

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For boards like the Apex Pro that have variable actuation points, a knob does help to adjust them on the fly.

Perhaps we can draw some inspiration from devices that can’t function without knobs, or devices that make use of a rotary motion:

  • Audio mixer
  • (smart)Watch crowns
  • Playdate - handcrank game device
  • Rotary dial phones (although, rather different mechanism)
  • Manual zoom for cameras/medical imaging tools
  • Stove top

Just thinking aloud - it could be a plausible option for accessible/assistive technology input, since it may be more forgiving means of input. Not everyone has the necessary fine motor skills

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I could see audio mixing. Maybe graphic design/CAD software, but I feel like most of us doing that sort of work are using a mix of mouse and keyboard shortcuts.

The best use would be some sort of 4-dimensional Etch-a-Sketch:

  1. Left/right
  2. Up/down
  3. Depth
  4. Time
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Change depth to mass and then I feel like you have GOD’S ETCH-A-SKETCH

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And with that suggestion, I’m just writing what we’re all thinking: we need a fifth knob!

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I can fulfill my life long dream of being a desktop dj
release tracks between meetings

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Crazy is a relative term

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gotta drop all of those sound cloud tracks .

gotta sign out of all your meetings with your sound cloud rapper name

peace out, LIL’ TATER

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stay crispy

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I’m feeling a smidge attacked by this thread :stuck_out_tongue: I daily a side board with 9 encoders, albeit only 7 mapped currently. Some things like audio control just make tactile sense to have on an encoder, and once you can control basically all your sources from a single controller without leaving your current task, it’s hard to go back.

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I would have use for it if it’s a 8 knob configuration. But 4 seems super limiting.