MultitrackStudio features a touchscreen mode which makes the program easy to use with tablets, convertible notebooks and touchscreen monitors. You can interact with the knobs you see on the screen directly without having to find your mouse and move it to the right location first.
MultitrackStudio on Surface Pro tablet with Ultra Dark theme
Quickstart: 3 tips
1: Switch to touchscreen mode
Input Device selector
In touchscreen mode some controls are bigger to make them easier to use. The transport buttons are an example of this. Controls that don't get bigger still respond to a larger area to make them easier to use with touch.
2: Check Windows DPI settingTouch screens are hard to use if controls are too small. Traditionally Windows runs at 96 DPI (DPI = dots per inch). Modern notebook screens can have 150 DPI or more, which makes everything significantly smaller unless you adjust the Windows DPI value accordingly. A MultitrackStudio track measures 9.5 mm in height if the Windows DPI value matches the screen's. It is highly recommended to make sure tracks aren't any smaller than this. You can increase the DPI value even more if you still can't use the touchscreen comfortably. If you'd rather not change the Windows DPI setting you can go to the Studio menu's Preferences window and use the Size setting to scale MultitrackStudio independently from the Windows DPI setting.
3: Use full screen modeIt's highly recommended to use full screen mode. The knobs at the top and the bottom bar are much easier to operate this way, and you avoid the risk of touching the 'X' button or Windows task bar inadvertently. There's a button in the bottom-right corner of the main window to enter/leave full screen mode.
In depth: using user interface elements with touchSome things work a bit different with touch compared to using a mouse:
Buttons/boxes with right arrows (like the Input button)
Lists with a vertical scrollbar
Text in Comments window and Chords/Lyrics editors.
Moving mixer sections
Track file history
Touch hardware and Windows versions
A tablet or a convertible notebook (which lets you flip the lid, so the screen is outside when the lid is closed) would be a nice computer to use. Another interesting option would be a touchscreen mounted on a stand, connected to your computer. It's best to have the screen sloped towards you.
The best touch experience is provided by Windows 8 or newer, combined with a multi-touch screen. Multi-touch means you can use multiple fingers simultaneously. The onscreen MIDI keyboard benefits from this, and it allows for two-finger zooming.
MultitrackStudio can be used with single-touch touchscreens or older Windows versions. Note that older monitors based on resistive technology require a significant amount of pressure applied by your finger. Such a monitor is not recommended because it makes it very hard to drag you finger over the screen, so controlling faders, knobs and editors etc. is very difficult.
Features not available in touchscreen modeSome features are not available in touchscreen mode. Most notably:
- Labels aren't available.
- Collapsing mixer sections isn't possible. The buttons would get in the way and the collapsed sections would be too small.
- The editor's warp feature currently can't be used with touch.