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Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:01 pm

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

Postby resistorman » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:00 pm

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
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby CS70 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:39 pm

BJG145 wrote:Whatever happened

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

Postby BJG145 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:05 am

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.)
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:00 am

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!
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:34 am

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

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:01 pm

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:


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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:42 pm

...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.
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:55 pm

Same layout as a chromatic button accordion?

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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:19 pm

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.)
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Thu May 23, 2019 2:24 pm

...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

Postby Martin Walker » Thu May 23, 2019 2:32 pm

Wow, just wow - that's some weird (yet fascinating) looking device! :o


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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby Zukan » Thu May 23, 2019 3:31 pm

Some of these are truly stunning! Even if they didn't make a sound I'd still love to own one.
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu May 23, 2019 3:32 pm

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

Postby blinddrew » Fri May 24, 2019 5:45 pm

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...
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby BJG145 » Fri May 24, 2019 7:23 pm

blinddrew wrote:Which button launches the missiles?

Not sure, but apparently that red one on the right gives you a hell of a buzz...
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby Martin Walker » Fri May 24, 2019 9:27 pm

:bouncy:
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Re: Isomorphism FTW

Postby MarkRosenberg » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:41 am

Noticed BJG145's comment about the Sensel Morph so I thought I'd share this:

Isomorphic design on the Sensel Morph using the Innovator's Overlay


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You can files in the Sensel forum here

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