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Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:01 pm
by BJG145
Whatever happened to the Shiverware Rainboard...? That thing looked amazing.

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I've previously coveted isomorphic keyboards like the Starr Labs Microzone in an "oh, that looks cool" kind of way, but I've never really grasped what it meant, until...

...I work part time to maintain a care home for unwanted Kickstarter gadgets, and we recently took in a small Dualo du-touch.

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The penny finally dropped when I realised that chords, scales, intervals, could be transferred fully intact anywhere on the layout. Genius. I love it.

Only problem now is that I'm gonna have to beg, borrow or steal to get a bigger one. :(

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:00 pm
by resistorman
The Rainboard does look cool. I’m very happy with my Linnstrument 128... especially because I’m able to use the same pattern for every scale.

http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/linnstrument.html

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:39 pm
by CS70
BJG145 wrote:Whatever happened

..and I who was already looking forward to a pleasant discussion about geometry and algebraic structures... :bouncy:

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:05 am
by BJG145
resistorman wrote:The Rainboard does look cool. I’m very happy with my Linnstrument 128... especially because I’m able to use the same pattern for every scale.

http://www.rogerlinndesign.com/linnstrument.html

Oh damn, yeah, I'm after one of those. (Given the price of the Linnstrument and Haken Continuum, I was interested to see that the Sensel Morph recently acquired MPE. There's also the Madrona Soundplane if you can get hold of one, and that about wraps it up for that kind of controller.)

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:00 am
by ManFromGlass
Not having years of ingrained keyboard training to get in the way, I am loving my Roli Rise 25. And now doesn't this Linnstrument look interesting. Cripes - time to start saving up again!

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:34 am
by BJG145
While I'm plugging random eBay listings...the mouse also hovered over an Axis 49. (SOS review).

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Unfortunately C-thru Music no longer make these and they're not easy to find, leaving the Opal as the only game in town for this "Harmonic Table" concept. (Beautifully made but with a price tag to match.)

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:01 pm
by Martin Walker
BJG145 wrote:...leaving the Opal as the only game in town for this "Harmonic Table" concept. (Beautifully made but with a price tag to match.)

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Now that is truly beautiful, and almost steampunk to boot! 8-)

But £2500!!! :headbang:


Martin

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:42 pm
by BJG145
...discovered a new isomorphic instrument listed on eBay today.

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Apparently this little beauty is called a Hohner Harmonetta, and employs the same Harmonic Table layout as the Axis 49 above.

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:55 pm
by Sam Spoons
Same layout as a chromatic button accordion?

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:19 pm
by BJG145
I like to keep this thread updated with the latest topical Isomorphic instruments I never came across before, so here's a Hyve I just noticed on eBay.

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It's a mini capacitive-touch synth originally launched on Kickstarter with a petite but cool hexagonal layout above the keyboard. If you have very small fingers.

https://youtu.be/pLG0hqTtlgA?t=284

(In other isomorphic news...Dualo folded without ever producing the larger Du-touch L funded on Kickstarter...to the wrath of the punters who lost their money. But some of the original team have recently re-emerged as Intuitive Instruments to keep the dream alive, so at least people can get their smaller Du-touch S serviced if needs be. I need to get mine fixed as it happens, but the last instrument I sent to France for repair disappeared without trace and I haven't quite forgiven the French yet, so...we'll see.)

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:24 pm
by BJG145
...continuing the button-layout theme, I love the Elka Concorde range I just discovered via this listing for a baby Concorde 90 on eBay.

Here's a Concorde 96...

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...but I think I'll save myself for the bonkers steampunk war room fantasy of the Concorde 902.

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 2:32 pm
by Martin Walker
Wow, just wow - that's some weird (yet fascinating) looking device! :o


Martin

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 3:31 pm
by Zukan
Some of these are truly stunning! Even if they didn't make a sound I'd still love to own one.

Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 3:32 pm
by Sam Spoons
It's basically a flattened out accordion :D

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What about this then, (turned up in a search for button accordion images)

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 5:45 pm
by blinddrew
BJG145 wrote:...but I think I'll save myself for the bonkers steampunk war room fantasy of the Concorde 902.

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Which button launches the missiles? I really think that should be clearly marked. You know, for health and safety...