Need for Hidden Controls: Super and Subcontrols
Supercontrols and subcontrols handle a lot of situations. Examples include:
- button groups
- supercontrols with a different number of steps or ticks
- supercontrols that “gang” together several subcontrols
- supercontrols that snap subs to a different value
Example: Button Groups
For instance, to get radio buttons, called “Button Groups” in MIDI Designer:
- make a relative controls (knob, slider, etc.) the supercontrol of two or more buttons
- now turning one button on will turn the others off
Consider this example screenshot:
The crossfader can change the buttons, but for many users, it’s not necessary.
The Solution: Hide in Performance
In design mode, select Hide in Performance
Now when you switch back to performance mode, the crossfader is hidden.
Other Use Cases
In other situations, or most situation, it’s a subcontrol that you will be hiding in performance mode. While the subcontrol does the actual sending of MIDI messages in most cases, the user does not interact with it.
Use Hide in Performance for any situation in which a super- or subcontrol does not need to be presented to the user in performance mode.