Sam Spoons wrote:Offer accepted on the Pico
Sam Spoons wrote:So, I can use it with...iPad/iPhone or 'droid...but is there a way to connect a USB controller to my Model D without a computer in the middle?
...huh...?? In your dreams... :tongue:
...this may become a long-winded self-opinionated rant. But what's new...
I have a Pico, which I'm fond of, because the sticker on it says: "Engineering sample - not for sale". Which means some hapless Eigenlabs tech swiped it and flogged it anyway. I can get behind that.
Once again, BobTheDog's assessment is on point. The engineering behind the Eigenharp range is terrific, but the software is terrible.
Perhaps, in a way, it was over-ambitious. There's this idea that MIDI was inadequate - the resolution of the Eigenharp sensors exceeded the MIDI spec. So it had its own software. But beyond the first rudimentary proprietary instruments, no other ones were forthcoming. So you're bound to use MIDI anyway; but you're stuck with the cumbersome PC/Mac software as an interface.
The software was made open source, and fortunately experts like Mark Harris ("The Technobear") have since made many improvements to it. Mark is into his Linux devices, and has got it working on hardware platforms such as the Raspberry Pi, but it's quite hard work. There's certainly no way to use the Pico directly with an iPad or MIDI device.
The good news is that the software is quite deep and powerful, if you have the time to figure it out. There's a component called "FIngerer" which allows you to configure any fingering you like, and that's its salvation IMHO.
In the default settings for the the Pico, you're confined to note-per-button systems which usually leave people noodling badly on pentatonic scales. But Fingerer makes things much more interesting.
Fingering is all. I'm a big fan of the system developed by Nyle Steiner for the "EVI" which I talked about here
. It's very efficient and economical, providing chromatic playing over several octaves, and can still be dialled up on subsequent EWI models right up to the current Akai EWI 5000.
OK, so the trumpet was my first instrument, but...it just works. The underlying concept is to have chromatic half-octave fingering on three right-hand keys, while the left hand moves upwards in half-octaves using some method. On the original EVI, the left-hand control was this curious rotating cylinder...
On a modern Akai EWI, it's an "octave roller"...
On the Morrison Digital Trumpet I posted about here
, it's this pattern of left-hand buttons...
...they all do the same thing. Before I got hold of the Morrison Trumpet and discovered that system, I configured the same pattern on my Eigenharp Pico, because it's just a natural way to implement Steiner EVI fingering with a row of buttons.
I posted up this example
at the old Eigenharp Google Group (Pico through Papen Blue with EVI fingering), and...I'm simply bragging here, but the Eigenharp's inventor John Lambert seemed quite impressed. You'll have to take my word for it, because Google Groups has been discontinued now.
There's a post on the old original Eigenharp forum here
with links to an archive of some of the old Google Groups material and their new home in a subsection of a group devoted to Midi Polyphonic Expression.
My ramblings about an EVI implementation for Fingerer can be found here:http://www.eigenlabs.com/forum/threads/ ... _post12420
It's gotta be better than someone else's suggestion of Gray Code