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Ribbon synth musings

Postby BJG145 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:32 pm

I think I mean it this time. Last time I planned to sell the Continuumini, I spent half an hour with it in bed, then cancelled the listing. But now...it's nice, but...it's not perfect...admittedly, few things are.

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I was interested to see that they recently launched a new (the first new) soundset / firmware update, which seems to have been precipitated partly by the forthcoming Osmose. (I didn't really understand what the fuss was about there until I realised it used EagenMatrix.)

Haken Audio wrote:This version of firmware is an example of Haken Audio’s continued support and improvements to the Continuum and the ContinuuMini, and lays the groundwork for inclusion of the upcoming Expressive E Osmose

In the same circular Haken Audio also announced the new "slim" Continuum models.

https://www.hakenaudio.com/slim-continuum

They look very nice. Like an ordinary Continuum. But slim.

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I did at least get my hands on Christopherson's Persephone.

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I'll miss the portability and sound engine of the Continuumini, but I never really loved the "letterbox" expression-tilt substitute for the original's Y-axis. What I'd like ideally is a ribbon synth that looks pretty classy and can be fitted with a shoulder-strap, and no-one's invented one of those yet. (Although I wouldn't mind trying a half-size Continuum slim with a shoulder strap on it.)

So, what else is out there...? Not that much really. The Eowave ribbon ("24 inches of plexiglass" says SOS.)

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The Doepfer ribbon, also more functional than beautiful. (At least the Eowave lights up.)

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The Kurzweil Expressionmate, if you can find one...(did see one on eBay recently, might have bought it if I'd sold the Continuumini.)

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Then there's the equally scarce "Hard Mod Analogue" ribbon...

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...or the completely bonkers, unobtainable, and very expensive Dewanatron Swarmatron.

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I just want someone to invent a decent, musical, cool-looking ribbon controller with a sensible length to it and strap buttons. Surely that's not too much to ask? :(
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