Alternative Controllers!
You are Unregistered, please register to gain Full access.    
Advertisements


Hardware and Gear Hardware, gear, equipment; Whatever you call it, talk about tangible, physical music-making stuff here. Synths, Modular, drum machines, controllers etc all goes here.

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 05-01-2016, 01:06 PM   #1
stray medicine
Savage Mad Cunt
stray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MC
stray medicine's Avatar
Minneapolis
Age: 24
Posts: 1,084
MC Status: 19260
Thanks: 423
Thanked 385 Times in 268 Posts
Alternative Controllers!

A lot of you are probably aware of some cool alternative controllers out there. I'm always looking for interesting controllers that aren't typical, so why not have a thread completely dedicated to em?

Post some cool alternatives to typical MIDI controllers!

Advertisements


------------------
andrewchapmanart.com
stray medicine is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 09:22 PM   #3
Automageddon
IDMf ArtistModerator
Automageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MC
Automageddon's Avatar
Less kids, more synths.
Age: 38
Posts: 9,651
MC Status: 269455208
Thanks: 1,001
Thanked 2,632 Times in 1,775 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

I pre-ordered an Artiphon, will report back...
[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


For someone like me who understands the fretboard easier than a keyboard, something like that is a godsend.

I was also looking into the YouRock controller, but the Artiphon seemed more flexible.

Last edited by Automageddon; 05-01-2016 at 10:52 PM..

------------------
Automageddon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 09:35 PM   #4
Nystagmus
Savage Mad Cunt
Nystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MCNystagmus is a savage MC
Nystagmus's Avatar
Planet Earth; 2017 AD.
Posts: 3,801
MC Status: 65410
Thanks: 3,367
Thanked 1,308 Times in 987 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

@ stray medicine: ^ that's nuts but interesting still

------------------
Mutually-Assured Survival is preferred.

Be a false negative of yourself !
Nystagmus is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2016, 09:56 PM   #5
Evelon
IDMf Artist
Evelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MC
Evelon's Avatar
Posts: 7,587
MC Status: 214389648
Thanks: 884
Thanked 2,824 Times in 1,760 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!


------------------
Evelon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Thanks to Evelon
Kvlt O))) (06-01-2016)
Old 05-01-2016, 11:30 PM   #6
jbvdb493
IDMf Supporter
jbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MC
jbvdb493's Avatar
Posts: 1,646
MC Status: 24660
Thanks: 511
Thanked 493 Times in 401 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automageddon View Post
I pre-ordered an Artiphon, will report back...
[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


For someone like me who understands the fretboard easier than a keyboard, something like that is a godsend.

I was also looking into the YouRock controller, but the Artiphon seemed more flexible.
Man that looks super cool I am keen on hearing your feedback on that controller!

------------------
jbvdb493 is online now   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 05:47 PM   #7
Automageddon
IDMf ArtistModerator
Automageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MC
Automageddon's Avatar
Less kids, more synths.
Age: 38
Posts: 9,651
MC Status: 269455208
Thanks: 1,001
Thanked 2,632 Times in 1,775 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Also, no mention of the Linnstrument?

That thing is truly droolworthy...
[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


What fascinates me recently are pad instruments, like the Electribes/Tempest/Beatstep Pro, with built-in scales and sequencer.
I know, they limit you to scale notes, but also make it easier to learn chord shapes and pattern that can work on any scale in the same shape.

------------------
Automageddon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Thanks to Automageddon
stray medicine (07-01-2016)
Old 06-01-2016, 11:56 PM   #8
jbvdb493
IDMf Supporter
jbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MCjbvdb493 is a savage MC
jbvdb493's Avatar
Posts: 1,646
MC Status: 24660
Thanks: 511
Thanked 493 Times in 401 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automageddon View Post
Also, no mention of the Linnstrument?

That thing is truly droolworthy...
[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


What fascinates me recently are pad instruments, like the Electribes/Tempest/Beatstep Pro, with built-in scales and sequencer.
I know, they limit you to scale notes, but also make it easier to learn chord shapes and pattern that can work on any scale in the same shape.
Wait what! You can set scales to the tempest like on the electribe!
Cool!
Also on the subject of beat step pro anyone use one with an iPad and synth apps yet?

------------------
jbvdb493 is online now   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 12:02 AM   #9
Evelon
IDMf Artist
Evelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MC
Evelon's Avatar
Posts: 7,587
MC Status: 214389648
Thanks: 884
Thanked 2,824 Times in 1,760 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!


[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

------------------
Evelon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 12:41 AM   #10
Oatbag
IDMf Artist
Oatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MCOatbag is a savage MC
Oatbag's Avatar
Best Coast
Posts: 4,264
MC Status: 104950
Thanks: 1,383
Thanked 2,073 Times in 1,357 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]


Get ready to do some serious MAX/MSP programming though.

Oatbag is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 11:22 AM   #11
Automageddon
IDMf ArtistModerator
Automageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MC
Automageddon's Avatar
Less kids, more synths.
Age: 38
Posts: 9,651
MC Status: 269455208
Thanks: 1,001
Thanked 2,632 Times in 1,775 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

The Soundplane looks amazingly beautiful.

Scales and pad controller (Togehter with its synth engine) are the reasons why I'd love to trade my A4 for a Tempest, but the A4 has the best-sounding reverb I've heard in a synth...

------------------
Automageddon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 01:26 PM   #12
Evelon
IDMf Artist
Evelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MCEvelon is a savage MC
Evelon's Avatar
Posts: 7,587
MC Status: 214389648
Thanks: 884
Thanked 2,824 Times in 1,760 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automageddon View Post
The Soundplane looks amazingly beautiful.

Scales and pad controller (Togehter with its synth engine) are the reasons why I'd love to trade my A4 for a Tempest, but the A4 has the best-sounding reverb I've heard in a synth...
Too bad the soundplane is expensive as fuck AND out of stock.


------------------
Evelon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2016, 03:14 PM   #13
stray medicine
Savage Mad Cunt
stray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MC
stray medicine's Avatar
Minneapolis
Age: 24
Posts: 1,084
MC Status: 19260
Thanks: 423
Thanked 385 Times in 268 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automageddon View Post
Also, no mention of the Linnstrument?
I thought the Linnstrument was too obvious hehe, but yeah, that's such a beast... Might be one of the best controllers ever made, it definitely looks the most expressive.

Last edited by stray medicine; 07-01-2016 at 03:20 PM..

------------------
andrewchapmanart.com
stray medicine is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 29-01-2016, 03:37 PM   #14
NiDBiLD
Regular Freak
NiDBiLD has a spectacular aura aboutNiDBiLD has a spectacular aura about
Posts: 11
MC Status: 160
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Wacom Intuos. Hook it up with some OSC > MIDI-converter.
NiDBiLD is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Thanks to NiDBiLD
stray medicine (05-02-2016)
Old 05-02-2016, 01:01 AM   #15
stray medicine
Savage Mad Cunt
stray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MCstray medicine is a savage MC
stray medicine's Avatar
Minneapolis
Age: 24
Posts: 1,084
MC Status: 19260
Thanks: 423
Thanked 385 Times in 268 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by NiDBiLD View Post
Wacom Intuos. Hook it up with some OSC > MIDI-converter.
Ooooooo I have an Intous5, I gotta try that

------------------
andrewchapmanart.com
stray medicine is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2016, 11:00 AM   #16
Automageddon
IDMf ArtistModerator
Automageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MCAutomageddon is a savage MC
Automageddon's Avatar
Less kids, more synths.
Age: 38
Posts: 9,651
MC Status: 269455208
Thanks: 1,001
Thanked 2,632 Times in 1,775 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Also, Novation Circuit can be used as a controller, with a grid of 4 octaves of scale-bound pads

------------------
Automageddon is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 13-02-2016, 09:40 PM   #17
halford88
Minor Glitch
halford88 is a jewel in the roughhalford88 is a jewel in the roughhalford88 is a jewel in the roughhalford88 is a jewel in the rough
halford88's Avatar
Milwaukee
Posts: 29
MC Status: 310
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

I've used a Beatmania IIDX controller as a drumpad before. You can do it through MIDIJoys and a USB to PS2 converter. It was kindof hard to set up, but still a weird little controller.
halford88 is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 14-02-2016, 09:59 PM   #18
DrSigMa
Learning The Ropes
DrSigMa is currently spamming hard
Posts: 2
MC Status: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

There's the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller that has a motion-sensing accelerometerand can be used with pretty much all the major DAWs
I've seen KiNK using it and explaining what he does with it in a DJ Techtools "How I Play video"
(Sorry, I can't post links as I don't have enough posts)
DrSigMa is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 22-05-2017, 10:32 AM   #19
NakedOperator
Regular Freak
NakedOperator is currently spamming hard
NakedOperator's Avatar
Hamburg
Age: 33
Posts: 11
MC Status: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Automageddon View Post
Also, no mention of the Linnstrument?

That thing is truly droolworthy...
rogerlinndesign.com/linnstrument.html

What fascinates me recently are pad instruments, like the Electribes/Tempest/Beatstep Pro, with built-in scales and sequencer.
I know, they limit you to scale notes, but also make it easier to learn chord shapes and pattern that can work on any scale in the same shape.

I just ordered a Linnstrument and i`m super excited. Especially the introduction videos by Roger Linn himself hocked me up. In one video he took a quite boring normal Synth sound with filter... and only by playing it with the Linnstrument (and yes, he did mention, that you have to practice to learn some techniques... Linnstrument is no magic wand) there was so much expressiveness... suddenly a very beautiful sound.

You can`t make the Linnstrument play only "in scale notes", because it prevents the correct slides... but you can make it that way, that only the "in scale notes" are lighted up...

... and there is a guy who wrote a stand alone app with max, that turns it into a classic "all notes in scale" controller ... but that way, you can`t do the beautiful slides any more.

I guess as newbie i can`t start threads yet... but a "Linnstrument" thread would be nice

PS: the soundplane looks... sounds... awesome as well...

Last edited by NakedOperator; 23-05-2017 at 10:02 AM.. Reason: spelling erros... adding PS /
NakedOperator is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 22-05-2017, 06:51 PM   #20
iDoG
IDMf SupporterIDMf Artist
iDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MCiDoG is a savage MC
iDoG's Avatar
Chicago
Posts: 674
MC Status: 17260
Thanks: 259
Thanked 345 Times in 234 Posts
Re: Alternative Controllers!

Advertisements

iDoG is offline   Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MIDI controllers ells101 Hardware and Gear 24 28-02-2014 06:52 AM
USB/FireWire DAW controllers? Indican Sound Workstation Center 15 14-02-2014 04:57 AM
no drum controllers? Kneedless Hardware and Gear 13 11-12-2013 10:59 AM
Pad controllers? Kupari The Studio 16 13-08-2013 10:30 PM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 05:59 AM.


Electronic Music Forums

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.