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Alternative Controllers: Part 1 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail

Alternative ControllersA keyboard isn't the only means of playing a synthesizer. Synthesist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Kevin Fortune (http://www.kevinbrahenyfortune.com) is one of many who enjoy using alternative controllers. He believes the kind of controller you use not only directly influences the type of music you create, but it also can le...
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Alternative Controllers: Part 4 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail

Touch Controllers (continued)Another beautiful and powerful touch controller, this one featuring 150 rectangular walnut keys arranged in a five-row by 30-column matrix laid within a 29" by 8" by 1-1/4" block of Washington alder and weighing 4.6 pounds, is the Madrona Labs Soundplane Model A (http://madronalabs.com). Each key senses velocity, positi...
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Alternative Controllers: Part 3 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail

Touch Controllers (continued)Although it isn't a dedicated controller, Teenage Engineering's OP-1 — a tiny (11.1" x 4.02" x 0.53", 1 lb. 4.4 oz.), battery-powered workstation packed with a variety of digital synthesis engines, effects processors, filters, audio recording and sampling, sequencing, and other capabilities — becomes a unique MIDI ...
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Alternative Controllers: Part 2 from The Synthesizer by Mark Vail

Touch Controllers (continued) If you'd prefer a surface that's stretched much further, consider the Haken Continuum Fingerboard (http://www.hakenaudio.com/Continuum). Its control surface feels like silk and looks like a wide ribbon with alternating scarlet and maroon stripes. Designed by Lippold Haken, the Continuum goes beyond two dimensions. Its ...
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MIDI Electronic Light Scape Device ("eLSD")

MIDI Electronic Light Scape Device ("eLSD")
"Manipulate the state of your mind" using Light Scape sequences. Enjoy the psychedelic color experience that the eLSD is inducing. It gently pulses light and color in front of your eyes, influencing your brain waves and the state of your mind. Create your own Light Scape sequences (The eLSD is a USB-MIDI device). We have seen lots of MIDI devi...
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