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Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby tmueller » Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:16 am

Hello from Germany

I have just seen a video by Mike Verta demonstrating this breath controller device

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFfH_eAFGlM

and it looks like one doesn't need to be a woodwind/brass player to use it. Any opinion on whether it's worth trying it? I use Samplemodeling trumpets and sax on Mac.

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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby The Elf » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:00 pm

I'm a great believer in breath controllers. I use an old Yamaha BC-1 with my Kurzweil K2600. Most often I use it for strings, in order to create natural swells and fades. I get subjectively better results than using a mod wheel.

That new device looks good (and has previously been discussed on these fora), and at face value seems more sensitive than my old device, but TBH I'm not so keen on finding yet another available USB port on my computer.

But I'd say go for it - it's not so expensive that it would be the end of the world if you don't get on with it.
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby mick.n » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:43 am

The Elf wrote:I'm a great believer in breath controllers. I use an old Yamaha BC-1 with my Kurzweil K2600.

Still have one of these tucked away in its little silver bag in a drawer upstairs.........used it in the 1990's a lot for sax kind of stuff,etc. Seen them on Ebay for really stupid prices.

Elf,.......do you block that little hole up with blue tack on yours?
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby The Elf » Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:16 am

mick.n wrote:Elf,.......do you block that little hole up with blue tack on yours?
No... should I?

Whassit do?
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby mick.n » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:45 pm

The Elf wrote:
No... should I?

Whassit do?

I found it easier to use with the hole obstructed. Felt like i was about to blow my brains out with the hole clear.....had to blow like hell to get it to modulate whatever parameter i had it set to controlling.

Then again,someone who plays a wind instrument probably wouldnt have any bother using it as is.
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby The Elf » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:48 pm

Yes, I do find myself going dizzy sometimes. I'll give the blu-tack a try!
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby jd4ladyatsoundcloud » Wed Aug 20, 2014 2:32 am

For the price it's well worth it. I can clearly control the expression better than before. And I haven't even begun using any other tech features such as incorporating the modwheel to control vibrato.
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:22 pm

mick.n wrote:
The Elf wrote:
No... should I?

Whassit do?

I found it easier to use with the hole obstructed. Felt like i was about to blow my brains out with the hole clear.....had to blow like hell to get it to modulate whatever parameter i had it set to controlling.

Then again,someone who plays a wind instrument probably wouldnt have any bother using it as is.

I totally agree with the Blutak option for exactly the same reason


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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby Melody7 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:24 am

jd4ladyatsoundcloud wrote:For the price it's well worth it. I can clearly control the expression better than before. And I haven't even begun using any other tech features such as incorporating the modwheel to control vibrato.

I also have it and I recommend it. Have a look on youtube, there are some really good videos of players using it, for example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWvKbG36BLw
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Re: Breath controller, is it worth trying?

Postby echarlie » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:19 am

Great video from Verta. Check out his masterclasses, they are terrific.

I have the same breath controller and I use it all the time. It is an excellent device, if you get one I'm sure you will not regret it.
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