December 4, 2005

Continuum Fingerboard MIDI controller...

by Chris Randall

And from the "Strange But True" file, we have the Continuum Fingerboard, a MIDI controller from Haken Audio. It is available in a 4 or 8 "octave" configuration. Each pad area corresponds to a MIDI note number, and it is sensitive to x-axis movement, and y-axis movement, so you can shit out CC messages to your heart's content on ten simultaneous MIDI channels (one for each finger). As you all no doubt know, I tend to look suspiciously at non-keyboard controllers, because, well, I'm a keyboard player. I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of something like this would serve, but then again, I'm not one of those arty sorts that likes to "redefine the barriers between man and instrument" and all that jazz.

So, go forth and read all about this $5290 controller, and how you will become the King Of Glissando once you own it.




Dec.04.2005 @ 6:31 PM
Gah! Thank you so much! I read about this a couple months ago, and I was going to tell one of my friends about it the other day, but I totally forgot what it was called.

Dec.04.2005 @ 8:17 PM
It's pretty cool.

There's a video of haken+lemur+kyma goodness over at the twelth root website you mentioned earlier:
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Dec.04.2005 @ 8:40 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
Chris, you need a french connection!
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For me the Continuum is too much like a keyboard, but it is more expressive. my friend sold his about a year ago. The doepfer ribbon controller is great, and a TKB would be great if it ever happens, Personally, i think the keyboard is too limited, not a bad instument or anything, all instruments have limitations, and that defines them.

Dec.04.2005 @ 8:41 PM
Chris Randall
Yeah, I have to admit that after I saw the video (and I should point out that I posted this _before_ I saw Brandon's post in the Gear Porn entry, which happened almost simultaneously, and completely coincidentally), I kind of want to take back my snarky comments, and re-address the Lemur at the same time. But not really, for two reasons:

1) I'm very much an immediate gratification type of person. It'd take a day just to set that fucking sound up; that's the sort of thing that is fun for someone for which playing in and of itself is the end. But I have rent to pay and songs to write. I can't be bothered to spend a day setting up one sound.

2) A little heavy on the gliss, no matter how you cut it. That controller is designed for pitch-bending. Since I'm left-handed, and tend to use my left hand for everything but basic comping, I never got in the habit of using the pitch and mod wheels during performance; if I need mod, I generally do it with aftertouch rather than the wheel. As a result, all the bending sounds kind of whack to me. (This is why I can't stand Kenny Burrell's otherwise stellar DX solo in "Shadows In The Rain" off the Dream Of The Blue Turtles album. Electric piano just sounds stupid when it is bent.)

I dunno. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. I'd have to just completely run out of things to dump money on if I thought that was a reasonable way to spend $5K, and never mind the Lemur. I mean, fuck, already.



Dec.04.2005 @ 10:56 PM
Hey Chris the continuum is primarily used in sound design applications. one of the more common uses is the ability to morph between two or three sounds using FFT analyzed files on three seperate axis . ie movement on the x axis can morph from baby crying to dark barking and depending upon pressure another morph to bird chirping. these aren't simple crossfades but more like a 2256 band vocoding based on fft.

Its intention was not pitch bending but sound morphing. this controller really only works with a kyma capybara system and then only yet with user programmed sounds. the connection is fire wire based.


Dec.05.2005 @ 12:58 AM
penzoil washington
<this controller really only works with a kyma capybara system and then only yet with user programmed sounds. >

morphing sounds is one of the hardest, most time-consuming, (and, imo, least-rewarding) things you can do with Kyma.


Dec.05.2005 @ 7:31 AM
<morphing sounds is one of the hardest, most time-consuming, (and, imo, least-rewarding) things you can do with Kyma.>

agreed "musically" it really hasn't been explored well. but for sound design its the tits.




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