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Post by windspirit » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:10 pm

I like the color scheme of the grey on white with Cyan LEDs. Plus yes the keyboard controller looks really good. Overall this instrument is just really aesthetic.

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Post by UndercoverBrother » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:15 pm

That touch keyboard is damn sexy ! probably what I need the least in my setup, but what I want the most seing this enticing new Lifeforms beast

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Post by Soy Sos » Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:51 pm

dysonant wrote:semantic arguments :bang:
I know, I don't like quibbling . My point is this:
A fully modular instrument with "normal-ed" connections
does not make it "not modular"
It is, "modular"...............

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Post by indigoid » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:47 am

Yes, of course it's bloody modular. Someone else mentioned the Synth Box/Block. They are exactly the same concept as the upper half of this, just with somewhat less functionality. I haven't seen folks whinging that those aren't modular.

Also, it looks excellent.

Personally I'd prefer to have it in one wide row with the keyboard to the right, but if I end up buying one I'll just make my own special case for it :-)
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Post by Moogus » Tue Dec 29, 2015 6:40 am

Yes looks great...

Bring on the DOEPFER version... A100 VCKB1-1 ???!!!!
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Post by jonne74 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:57 pm

Looks really great!

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Post by slirak » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:32 pm

indigoid wrote:Yes, of course it's bloody modular. Someone else mentioned the Synth Box/Block. They are exactly the same concept as the upper half of this, just with somewhat less functionality.
Actually, this one's got a lot more patch points, so in that respect, it's quite a bit more 'modular' than the synth box.

In fact, surprisingly few compromises seem to have been made here, compared to the full modules I guess it derives from. It's a bit like a more full-featured, dual VCO System 10.1. I suspect the price tag will reflect that.

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I'm just talking about the synth module here. Adding the keyboard will of course take it to a whole other level.

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Post by MindMachine » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:06 pm

How wide are these puppies? It is an elegant design. Nice to see so many new controllers showing up these days.
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Post by slirak » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:38 pm

Well, the case is called Structure 96, so I suppose the SV-1 might be 48 HP and the KB-1 42 or perhaps 40 (there's a blind panel next to it). Just guessing though.

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Post by D Beau » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:17 am

As usual in threads like this, everyone focuses on the big fancy modules and completely ignores the blind panel. Sure the other stuff is more exciting, but the blind panel could SAVE YOUR LIFE. Where are you people's priorities?

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Post by Fiddlestickz » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:02 am

We have been waiting endlessly for the Mother 32 to ship to Australia and from my little bit of investigating the rather small quantity of Mother 32's that are on their way to Australia are already paid for and destined to buyers leaving,,,well... none for anyone else to buy off the shelf, that being the case I will give the 32 a miss I think and just get one of these instead..

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Post by greenanother » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:37 am

Bob Borries wrote:Just a thought...

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I'd be curious to hear why they didn't do that (after an official release of course).
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Post by Soy Sos » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:19 am

That's a great edit job by the way.
Mainly it's a limitation of hardware/cost/space as to adding more keys.
But honestly I think people will really enjoy the play-ability of the surfaces as they are.
It feels very natural as an interface/instrument and is packed with so many great features.

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Post by Flux302 » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:45 pm

i got a lust boner on this.... pressure sensitive keyboard... yes please
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Post by greenanother » Thu Dec 31, 2015 6:29 am

Soy Sos wrote:That's a great edit job by the way.
Mainly it's a limitation of hardware/cost/space as to adding more keys.
But honestly I think people will really enjoy the play-ability of the surfaces as they are.
It feels very natural as an interface/instrument and is packed with so many great features.
Ahh...sounds mighty good to me. Thanks for the response.
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Post by amphonic » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:51 pm

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We wanted a full featured, modern eurorack controller, not a clone, but a rich, new design to drive our systems. The Lifeforms KB-1 module is the result. Thought you guys might like a sneak peek before the official announcement is made closer to NAMM time. The module is packed...

LIFEFORMS KB-1 FUNCTIONALITY

3 Controllers Designed to Work Together

1. Capacitive Touch Pressure Sensitive Single Octave Keyboard
2. Capacitive Touch Pressure Sensitive Expression and Gate Triggers
3. Capacitive Touch Preset Voltage Memory Sequencer

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1. PRESSURE SENSITIVE KEYBOARD
• Keyboard pressure sensitivity adjustable to one of 8 levels.
• Keyboard triggering sensitivity adjustable to one of 4 levels.
• 7 octave response using octave up/down buttons.
• Keyboard can be set to one of four main modes.
1. Monophonic Mode
• Monophonic pressure.
• Hold and pressure sensitive probabilistic stutter available.
• Monophonic Response 1 - Last Note Priority without Retrigger (default)
• Monophonic Response 2 - Last Note Priority with Retrigger
• Monophonic Response 3 - Low Note Priority without Retrigger
• Monophonic Response 4 - Low Note Priority with Retrigger
• Monophonic Response 5 - High Note Priority without Retrigger
• Monophonic Response 6 - High Note Priority with Retrigger
2. Duophonic Performance Response Mode
• True duophonic pressure.
• Duophonic hold and pressure sensitive probabilistic stutter available.
• Duophonic Response 1 - Last Note Priority with Retrigger
• Duophonic Response 2 - Low Note Priority with Retrigger (default)

3. Arpeggiator Mode
• Up to 10 note arpeggiator.
• Arpeggiation sequence based on the order keys are pressed on the keyboard.
• Hold, transpose, start/stop, and pressure sensitive probabilistic stutter available.
• 8 sub-modes set the arpeggiator response.
• Arpeggiator Response 1 - Single trigger mode.
• Arpeggiator Response 2 - Single trigger mode with probabilistic stutter.
• Arpeggiator Response 3 - Double trigger mode.
• Arpeggiator Response 4 - Double trigger mode with probabilistic stutter.
• Arpeggiator Response 5 - Single Random arp with random gate 2
• Arpeggiator Response 6 - Single Random arp with random gate 2 and probabilistic stutter.
• Arpeggiator Response 7 - Dual Random arps with dual random gates.
• Arpeggiator Response 8 - Dual Random arps with dual random gates and probabilistic stutter.

4. Programmed Sequence Mode
• Step program and play and store up to 4 sequences.
• Sequences can be up to 64 steps.
• Sequence records both note and pressure.
• Transpose, start/stop, shift start note, note modifiers, and pressure sensitive probabilistic stutter available.
• 6 sub-modes set the sequencer response.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Forward loop mode.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Forward loop mode with probabilistic stutter.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Reverse loop mode.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Reverse loop mode with probabilistic stutter.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Random mode.
• Sequencer Response 1 - Random mode with probabilistic stutter.

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2. GATE TRIGGERS AND EXPRESSION

• Trigger 1 and Trigger 2 have the same feature set but selected functionality is assigned independently.
• 6 Different Trigger Modes
• Trigger Response 1 - Pitch bend mode. Pressure sensitive 2 semitone pitch bend.
• Trigger Response 2 - Gate mode. Gate open while trigger is pressed.
• Trigger Response 3 - Latch mode. Press to open gate. Press again to close gate.
• Trigger Response 4 - Trigger mode. 40ms long trigger.
• Trigger Response 5 - Trigger burst generator mode - Pressure sensitive probability burst generator.
• Trigger Response 6 - Pressure sensitive clock divider. Clock divided by 1, 2, or 4 depending on pressure.

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3. PRESET VOLTAGE MEMORY SEQUENCER

• Four preset analog voltage memories.
• Voltage for each channel can be set to 0-5v.
• Voltage output is not quantized.
• One preset voltage can be selected at a time.
• When a preset is selected a 40ms trigger is output from the Preset Gate output jack.
• The preset voltage of the selected channel is sent to the Preset CV jack.
• 4 Different Preset Voltage Modes
• Preset Response 1 - Manual mode. Manually select preset voltage channel.
• Preset Response 2 - Forward looping sequencer mode.
• Preset Response 3 - Reverse looping sequencer mode.
• Preset Response 4 - Random sequencer mode.

• The clock in the preset voltage sequencer is synced to an assignable division of the master clock.
• 8 Different Preset Sequencer Clock Modes
• Preset Clock Response 1 - /8 - Master internal or external clock divided by 8.
• Preset Clock Response 2 - /4 - Master internal or external clock divided by 4.
• Preset Clock Response 3 - /2 - Master internal or external clock divided by 2.
• Preset Clock Response 4 - Master internal or external clock.
• Preset Clock Response 5 - Master internal or external clock multiplied by 2.
• Preset Clock Response 6 - Master internal or external clock multiplied by 4.
• Preset Clock Response 7 - Master internal or external clock multiplied by 8.
• Preset Clock Response 8 - Keypress as clock source - Sequencer moves to next stage when a key is pressed on the keyboard.
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Post by exper » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:16 pm

What is the pressure surface made out of? Doesn't look like the typical capacitive surface as used by pressure points, etc.
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Post by indigoid » Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:10 pm

Holy shit fuck yes WANT
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Post by Soy Sos » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:15 pm

Features......

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Post by indigoid » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:02 am

Regarding the arp in particular... would a multi-octave arp option be too much to ask? I think some of the Rolands had this

ie. if you held C and D# you could generate the below cycles, depending on the octave setting

octaves=-1 C3 D#3 C2 D#2
octaves=0: C3 D#3
octaves=1: C3 D#3 C4 D#4
octaves=2: C3 D#3 C4 D#4 C5 D#5

etc

This seems like the sort of thing you could do with just a firmware change...

And while I'm thinking of firmware — user-updateable?
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Post by MindMachine » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:42 am

Soy Sos wrote:Features......
No doubt. With the octave buttons and various modes... impressed. Very HOT. :sun:

Can't wait to demo one. I may need to build a tiny skiff.
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Post by Auxiliaryoctopus » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:13 am

Wow. I'm really looking forward to seeing the price point on this system.

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Post by greenanother » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:23 pm

Really looking forward to a demo of this!
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Post by PolarIceCaves » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:34 pm

Auxiliaryoctopus wrote:Wow. I'm really looking forward to seeing the price point on this system.
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Post by SynapseCollapse » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:01 pm

just saw this link on the Pittsburgh Modular twitter account!!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BAAkTAmlzTt/

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