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Postby BJG145 » 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.

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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby Martin Walker » Tue May 01, 2018 11:56 pm

Yep, it's certainly a lot more affordable! :thumbup:


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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » 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?
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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.)
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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.
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » 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...
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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)...
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Postby BobTheDog » 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 ;)
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » 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 :(
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby resistorman » 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.
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » 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.
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » 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.
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » 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...)
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:45 pm

I really fancy an EigenHarp, the Pico being the only affordable one, but at my advancing years I don't know if I could justify the time to learn to play one. Then a mate gave me one of these :-

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I like to think is might be a sort of analogue ContinuuMini, but I'm probably wrong :(
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:55 pm

I haven't seen one of those before...looks like a phonofiddle without the bell...?

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Sam Spoons wrote:I really fancy an EigenHarp

(...yeah, me too...I was thinking that the EagenMatrix would be nice to play with an Alpha...)
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby Sam Spoons » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:57 pm

I've seen those before. I suspect it might predate the Phono Fiddle (a mate of a mate had one) I plan to learn a couple of Gypsy Jazz tunes on mine when I have rebuilt it.....
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BobTheDog » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:12 pm

I have a Pico, the engineering of the hardware is top notch, the software left a lot to be desired though but I think this may have improved now.

Mark Harris (thetechnobear) who is a smart cookie has worked on the eigenharp software and general MPE so I am guessing there is a way there with eigenmatrix.

I cannot recommend the Linnstrument enough though.

Compared to an Alpha, not only is it much cheaper you don't need some sub-par software running on a computer to use it. Everything on the Linnstrument can be controlled/setup from the Linnstrument surface itself, it is a masterclass in design.
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Re: ContinuuMini

Postby BJG145 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:28 pm

BobTheDog wrote:...I cannot recommend the Linnstrument enough though...it is a masterclass in design...

...not listening...la la la... :beamup:
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