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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby Matt Houghton » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:38 pm

...you might need to be a tad more specific Zuke. You want shiny knobs. But how many? What do you want to do with them? Do they need to be continuous encoders or are conventional pots OK? Etc. Might be worth looking at the MIDIfighter stuff?
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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby Zukan » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:29 pm

Just joking Matt.

No, I like the one I linked to. Rotary hi-fi encoders.
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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby Jumpeyspyder » Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:59 pm

Not sure it will work out cheaper than the CIRCLEFADE, but if you want perfection, maybe you could get an arduino board (or similar) and make your own ?

needs prettier case - but this looks cool:-

https://discourse.zynthian.org/t/zynthian-midi-ub-controller/709

Some useful info here:-

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Framework-For-Making-Affordable-Stylish-Modula/
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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby rhearhino » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:33 pm

Zukan wrote:Been after an aesthetically inspiring midi controller like this:
https://www.circlefade.com/products

However, that looks a bit dear to me. Any funky suggestions to help an elderly out with some shiny knobbage and tings?

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blinddrew wrote:
Matt Houghton wrote:Replace the ugly side cheeks and front handrest with custom hardwood ones. And Roberta's your auntie! :lol:
I have actually been thinking about doing that on my behringers! :lol:

Me too. I have a pair of BCRs. The wooden cheeks bit is easy if you have the tools... You just have to rout it out in the right places to make it fit.

It's the top plate that really annoys me, though. Creating a stylish looking overlay that is durable and doesn't protrude too much from the surface isn't easy (you can print and laminate/cut out one to give you nice graphics but it will always look a bit cheap...). My dad has a CNC milling machine which I'm looking into, though ;)

Replacing the knob is slightly tricky too — physically easy but they're obviously continuous encoders and almost all the stylish knobs in the world have a position marker on them for use with pots. (I had in mind to put coloured knobs on one for use as an SSL channel strip controller...)

Marvellous controllers on the whole. Just wish they looked a bit prettier...

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BillB wrote:Regarding BCR2000 appearance and overlays, this may be of interest.

http://www.taktility.com/overlays/bcr2000/" target="phpbbpopup

This is another option if you run out of knobs :lol:
looooong link

Jumpeyspyder wrote:Not sure it will work out cheaper than the CIRCLEFADE, but if you want perfection, maybe you could get an arduino board (or similar) and make your own ?

needs prettier case - but this looks cool:-

https://discourse.zynthian.org/t/zynthian-midi-ub-controller/709

Some useful info here:-

http://www.instructables.com/id/A-Framework-For-Making-Affordable-Stylish-Modula/

Hi guys!

I don't know if the topic still interests you, but since you were looking for a knobby MIDI controller, I assume so. I'm creating a concept for a new MIDI controller and it would be great to receive feedback from you.

The idea is to design a MIDI controller fo software synthesizers, which will be built of modules. However, unlike other modular solutions, each module will correspond to a specific element of sound synthesis. The modules will be universal – we want to analize as many VSTi plugins as possible and develop the most versatile layout of functions / controls that will support most softsynths (of course the ones that can be mapped with MIDI). we know that it is impossible to do everything and satisfy everyone, but we want to design it really well and we believe it can be done. For example: the envelope module will be able to work with various plugins that offer ADSR, ADHSR, DAHDHR, T1 L1 T2 L2… etc. envelopes.

We would like to design the device in such a way that the user would have the impression as if he is interacting with a classic synthesizer – regardless of the plugin he is using. In addition, the controller will be equipped with a large number of high quality knobs and sliders, but in a very thoughtful layout. We are also considering the possibility of connecting and controlling hardware synthesizers through our device.

Our project is in the early stages of development. We decided to post it because we would like to get the widest possible feedback. At the moment we have a short description and some simple sketches that are intended to illustrate the idea. Please do not treat them as the final project. You can read about the idea here: https://www.oscine.co/. At the end of the page, you can find a short survey – we would be very grateful if you could complete it. After all, this device is designed for you, and we would like it to be the best softsynth hardware controller.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby Folderol » Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:03 pm

I get 404 page not found Zuk :(
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Re: Knobby midi controllers...

Postby Zukan » Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:50 am

Folderol wrote:I get 404 page not found Zuk :(

Yep, me too. Mind you. it's been a while so maybe the page has moved and they have no re-directs in place. Who knows? It's Xmas, I'm about to get leathered and 404s are the last thing on my 'twitch' list.
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