Recently got this and been doing some development for it
(in person the screen looks much better, for some reason, photos picks up more reflections)
so its not expressive … but I wanted something allowed me to contol synth parameters, so its a great companion to expressive controllers which often have few faders/knobs.
have to say this is really well made… (yes a little pricey too)
12 high quality encoders, and a lovely touchscreen display …
works totally standalone, has 2x midi in/out, usb device, usb host.
basically it works by uploading presets that define any kind of midi mapping (bi-directional, even sysex) to the encoders, or to onscreen controls (e.g. touch buttons)
to define presets, electra one has a web app that does the editing and management of these presets (*)
(I guess most similar thing is the Faderfox EC4… which I admit I had my eye on for a while )
however… the format for upload/download is fully documented (basically a sysex containing json), so you can develop your own software that communicates with it.
this is what im currently doing… Im extending MEC so that I can use Orac on this
e.g. use a raspberry PI headless(**) , then simply connect this as the hands-on display for Orac.
of course, also connect a playing surface - keyboard/eigenharp to the PI too.
as I say, a companion to your playing surface, so you can control synths.
still a way to go on my developments… e.g. Im also considering ways of using it to ‘extend’ my eurorack setup…
anyway, thought I’d share this little bit of tech, as I don’t think its getting much exposure at the moment…so might be unfamiliar to many.
( *) whats nice here… is they have a concept of ‘instrument’ definitions, so you can define your synth types, and then easily create a preset from multiple ones of these instruments.
e.g. say I created an instrument definition for say my Virus TI, Octatrack, a soft synth running on Live.
(this definition is the messages it understands)
from this i can then create a preset, which is a combination of this.
page 1 - a mixer section for the Octatrack ,
page 2 - most frequently used knobs , say reverb level on octatrack, virus, cutoff/resonance on synths on TI and Live.
page 3 - specific TI controls
page 4 - specific Live controls
I love the way this mix n’ match works, so you can define a user interface that reflects your setup as whole, rather than controls for particular synths.
(**) or an Organelle !