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Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:07 pm
This looks fun...Haken Audio have announced plans for a smaller, affordable version of the rather exclusive Haken Continuum
Posted: Tue May 01, 2018 11:56 pm
Yep, it's certainly a lot more affordable! :thumbup:
Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:54 pm
I have played a continuum before and would love one but this one looks a bit strange to me, at first I thought it was like one row of a linnstrument but it only supports two fingers, what's the point in that? Unless I am missing something?
Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 9:22 am
I guess you could think of it more along the lines of Eowave's Ribbon
, but with vastly improved look, feel and sound engine.
At first glance I thought the guy was wearing it on a shoulder strap which would be cool, before I realised it was just his braces. :tongue:
(Never seen a commercial ribbon synth or controller you could sling across your shoulder. Ribbon synths in general are in very short supply; the ones that do exist, like the Persephone or the Swarmatron, look nice but aren't great for melody.)
Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 6:18 pm
...just had a friendly email from Dr Haken to confirm that this new gadget will be strap-ready; he'd already had the request from Continuum fan Éric Mouquet
. Looking forward to this.
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:04 pm
Kickstarter has started: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/16 ... ntinuumini
I got in early and will get one of the first batch, I will let you know how it goes...
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:31 pm
Tier 1 was gone within hours, and Tier 2 is selling fast.
I agonised about it for a few minutes and had just decided not to, then I saw your post and went for it.
Thanks (I think)...
Posted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:31 pm
I think you made the right choice, hopefully.
When it was first announced I wasn't sure if the point of it thinking it was just a controller, I didn't realise it had the Eigen synth inside.
From the kickstarter video it looks like this is also playable over midi.
Got to be a bargain ;)
Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:25 pm
278 backers with 4 days to go.
It would be nice to reach the stretch goal for 300 backers...go on, you know you need one! New video available...https://youtu.be/c_DvPykpJrc?t=689
Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:56 pm
I think it reached 300.
Two weeks before they get the money though so my idea of spending Christmas Day locked away playing it are beginning to look a distant hope :(
Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:49 am
I played one and it felt like I was sticking my fingers into a mail slot. I often touched the sides. Great sound though.
Posted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:28 am
I did wonder about that, on one of the videos you can see the playing surface moving down quite a bit.
Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:31 pm
...so, Continuumini arrived today. WDYT BobTheDog...?
I'm perhaps fortunate in never having played a full Continuum, because then I'd want one for sure...but at £3800 or so for a half-size one, it's just not going to happen. They never turn up secondhand, and there are several cheaper things higher up on my "...that looks nice..." list.
...I like that it has the same excellent built-in synth engine, the EagenMatrix, since most of my gadgets are MIDI controllers. It's nice and compact and light, and I'm looking forward to showing it off with a guitar strap. There aren't many ribbon synths around, and it's a pretty nice one.
Pressing the control plate probably isn't quite the same as carressing the red cloth of a full-blooded Continuum, and you might want an additional control for full 3-axis expression rather than relying on the tilt sensor. But, it ain't half bad if you like ribbon synths. I've seen a second-hand Persephone go for more, and - yes, those look pretty cool, but as an expressive musical instrument, I doubt it has the potential of the Continuumini.
I'm going to have some fun with this. :D
Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 7:44 pm
BJG145 wrote:...so, Continuumini arrived today. WDYT BobTheDog...?
Well EagenMatrix is fantastic, for me this is worth the asking price but that is because I am playing it from the Linnstrument, they are perfect partners.
The Continuum playing surface though I think for me is not so good, the Y axis is basically unusable and the Z axis is not linear across the surface.
So for me it is rescued as a sound module for the Linnstrument, without that I would have been disappointed.
Posted: Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:38 pm
...that's an interesting idea; I've not seen a Linnstrument yet. I'd agree that EagenMatrix is nice, but that the playing surface may leave something to be desired if you're used to certain other controllers.
Here's a random example of what it sounds like after the first couple of minutes of playing...https://soundcloud.com/qchord/continuumini/s-5iZq4
(...just the initial sequence, not whatever Soundcloud plays next...)