Synthesist Claude Woodward shared this video demo of his custom MIDI controller, which allows for ‘constant real time timbre manipulation’.
Here’s what he has to say about his setup:
The whole rig consists of the Loopatron (Mk2) at the back, the 61-note keyboard at the front with Vibe Bar and the Claude Controller Mk 3 in the middle. I call it the MIDI CONTROL MONSTER!
I believe for electronic music to evolve we need an ergonomic ‘standard’ interface. Constant real time timbre manipulation is what acoustic instruments do so well. It’s time synth players did the same thing to breathe life into those electrons.
If anyone would like to build one I can supply the code (Arduino 3.2) and laser files for the acrylic.
This design (the Claude Controller) is my bid for a ‘standard’ MIDI controller. When set up properly it can precisely control everything. And if you need more controls – add more octaves.
It’s a sensible alternative to a chaotic conglomeration of wires & knobs which is often the case.
Endless articulation + endless fun!
Details on the custom rig are available at his site.