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Polyphonic MIDI controllers (non-keyboard)

Post by diophantine » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:53 pm

Just wondering what sort of stand-alone devices are out there for controlling polysynths via MIDI, other than keyboards.

I am aware of the Linnstrument (and a couple things like it) but haven't looked into it a whole ton. But (correct me if I'm wrong) it is still meant to be a very hands-on/tactile controller.

I'm looking for something a bit more oriented towards drone/experimental/ambient stuff. Such as:
- a pad/pot controller where pads were latching on/off switches for notes, and (hopefully) pots would adjust pitch when pads were off, and provide pitch-bend when pads were on. (I don't think the original Beatstep can do this, right?)
- a polyphonic sequencer that can run slow and provide random/interesting sequences, without external input.

I've tried recording slow ambient/drone stuff on my MSQ-100, but I am never very happy with it... usually it is either too repetitive, or I screw up somewhere and have to re-do it. (Perhaps I'm just not patient enough...)

I want to set something going, but not have to be constantly touching it (or setting fishing weights on keys...). I'd probably be using this most with my desktop Blofeld and my Wavestation.

Some sort of poly CV-to-MIDI device could be interesting too (to be used from my modular), but I think all of those are either just Note/Gate, or CC-only.

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Post by Smirnovich » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:01 pm

Look at NDLR Super Arpeggiator. Righ now the founders thinking of adding sequencer to this machine.

http://kck.st/2xMNk5F

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Post by diophantine » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:48 pm

Damn, that NDLR looks really interesting! Thanks for the tip!

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Post by rowsbywoof » Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:36 pm

NDLR does look pretty cool. Priced nice, too. If more functionality is built in, and the sequencer does come, it becomes all the more tempting for me. Personally, I'd rather just hook things up to a Mac Mini running Live, or something, to have way more control, but that setup is a lot more than the $200 Conductive Labs is asking for the NDLR Kickstarter. Definitely a cool piece of gear.

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Post by Technologear? » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:13 am

Smirnovich wrote:Look at NDLR Super Arpeggiator. Righ now the founders thinking of adding sequencer to this machine.

http://kck.st/2xMNk5F
Thank you for this, just pledged! I love MW

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There's a bunch of updates on YouTube

Post by zenbob » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:08 pm

You can see more here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the- ... 17507381#/

Recent updates show the 8x modulation matrix
https://youtu.be/wQd61jg78QM

and the on-board pattern editor
https://youtu.be/RLtzUvBYq1g
Check out The NDLR, a multi-part, polyphonic, sequenced arpeggiator.

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Chord Sequencer for NDLR

Post by zenbob » Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:17 pm

The Chord Sequencer is out in beta form on the Conductive Labs forums. Steve is fixing a couple issues reported by our customers before the official release. Should be done in a week or so.
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Check out The NDLR, a multi-part, polyphonic, sequenced arpeggiator.

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Post by Flounderguts » Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:39 pm

Looking forward to mine!

They do a really good job with the updates. I wish I could send all the other Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns the updates as a good example.

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Post by wavejockey » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:31 am

the MPC x ticks all your boxes except the (poly) CV-> MIDI conversion
it does however MIDI -> (poly) CV

for the required functionality described above, you can use the MIDI control mode in the MPC
(every MPC can send poly AT or channel AT from its pads, this as a side note)

check it out

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Re: Polyphonic MIDI controllers (non-keyboard)

Post by Paranormal Patroler » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:14 am

diophantine wrote:Some sort of poly CV-to-MIDI device could be interesting too (to be used from my modular), but I think all of those are either just Note/Gate, or CC-only.
Since this thread has been necroed you might as well check the SDS_Digital Melisma module.

It's a polyphonic CV-to-MIDI module with some really cool tricks up its sleeve. :hihi:
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