cool, really interesting to hear people journeys.
for me, as mentioned stared with the Pico in 2012
so the reason I bought it, is I was getting back into music, and as a technologist, I know about all the wonders of the software … the possibilities.
and I simply felt the black n’ white keys couldn’t live up to this.
So I looked at the Eigenharps as having all forms to control, not only independent touch, but the ribbon, breath… I had not idea how Id use it, but its seem to be all encompassing
so from there, Ive had (still have)
Eigenharp Alpha → Madrona Labs SoundPlane → Erae Touch → Osmose
and wow, its been a fantastic journey, not only beautiful to play, but met some great people and its great to have this community.
… What have I leant ? (or rather formed opinions on?)
the surface of a controller is your interface to the music.
its subtle, and its important - thats why there is not ONE controller to rule them all… every surface is different - and that will effect what/how I play every bit as much as the synth engine.
‘you are the envelope’… because we have the control , we don’t need so much automation, and also even simple synth sounds can sound wonderful under out fingers.
a simple example , we can slightly detune two notes, to get wonderful sound, that not got a fixed timing, it feels alive…
… What’s changed?
everything and nothing
pre mpe, we had note per channel midi (from midi guitars?) but little ‘supported’, so lots of workarounds were used.
MPE has made this entire area not only more accessible and easy to manage, but important more visible. Seeing Ableton support MPE, felt like the tide had turned.
… problem still existi?
well that follows on from the above…
midi 1.0 is still the defacto, mpe was to created to band-aid it,
but, we still see little/poor support for 14 bit midi
and there are still quite a few compatibility issues.
… where we going?
well, each year brings more MPE/expressiv hardware,
but I feel the Osmose may be a small milestone, where even more get on board the train… due to its familiar form factor, and of course, alongside that widespread MPE support and visibility!
(all credit to Roli here… they went felt the same with Seaboard, and were also a force behind MPE)
well lets hope midi 2.0, it has support for all of what we want ‘out of the box’
hi-res midi, per-note expression, micro timing, micro tonal… midi-ci.
and lets hope, that give MPE has laid out what we need, so new software will support the midi 2.0 features that provide this.
so here’s to the future