Unique/interesting controller module suggestion

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Unique/interesting controller module suggestion

Post by propertyof » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:53 am

I've been looking for an additional cv controller module with interesting approach. Right now I have a microphonie/ears in my rack and a field kit is coming soon.
I'm trying to avoid the traditional "piano" touch panel style, joystick seems ok. so far, my eyes on ADDAC303 Muscle Sensing. been watching for Soundmachines lightstrip & lightplane too beside the Doepfer A-178 V2 theremin. and Mister Grassi looks cool too. :buchla:

Any suggestion for a controller module with unique approach that I need to check?


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Post by sleepgardens » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:27 am

Soundmachine Arches seems fit for you since you already looked into their llightstrips and lightplanes.

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Post by bengersfood » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:42 am

Or what about Expert Sleepers FH-1 and then you can plug in all kinds of crazy USB enabled things?

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Post by GoneCaving » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:56 am

The Monome modules are worth a look. Grid+Ansible+Teletype gets you to all sorts of interesting places.

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Post by Summa » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:29 am

I like controllers as I need them to play, a recent acquisition that really opened up some new territory is the TSNM by Doboz, many nice features on that one and compares to the Make Noise offers (Press Point and René) the touch panels are working flawlessly.

Intellijels Planar is really good too

I had the Mr Grassi for a while but it didn't allow for much control more like a crackle-box type random fucker-upper.

The Expressive-e Touché on the other hand is really cool external controller, has midi and FOUR cv outputs, pretty nifty and like no other controller I've used before, takes a bit of practice I must say but once you get a hang of it it's a great tool for expressive (duh) controls.

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Post by sackley » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:07 am

+1 to the LightStrip. Brilliant module. If you have 4hp to spare it's worth a shot. I have one in a small case and it will never leave - it adds such a reliable and immediate way to interact with the system.

Actually now that I've finally racked up a LP1 too, I would almost lean towards 4 LS1s over 1 LP1, but it's still interesting and adds a different dimension (quite literally). Arches looks wild, if not a bit overkill for me personally.

Interested in other suggestions and experiences. Nice topic.

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Post by hyena » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:17 am

i opted for fh-1 with whatever usb controller AND monome ansible + grid

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Post by D_Robot » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:00 am

How about the Brainterface no hands on control required, well no real control at all to be fair but it is totally unique to the individual!

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Post by boramx » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:28 am

Planar is an incredible module, with lots of applications way beyond general joystick control.

the doepfer a198 is possible the most used module of mine in 16 years of eurorack.

for really strange and unexpected sounds and effects the Teleplexer (Meng qi lines is similar i imagine?) is quite good.

the Lightplane is a fantastic bargain and quite useful.

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Post by D_Robot » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:15 am

boramx wrote:...for really strange and unexpected sounds and effects the Teleplexer (Meng qi lines is similar i imagine?) is quite good...
Teleplexer is great, but for what it is, I always felt needing two hands to use effectively is restricting and it is a pain having to manage the loose cables. Of course, a different matter if you have this on hand...

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Post by damase » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:45 am

Consider the new Livestock Electronics Maze module... unique controller with interesting approach for mixing and mangling cv signals.

I dont own one, but i want one!

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Post by Standup » Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:19 am

I picked up a ROLI Block controller recently, and it’s really fun for controlling softsynths. USB device, so maybe one day I’ll pick up an FH-1 and try to get it controlling modular stuff. It was kind of cheap, $139, and it’s pretty fun.

But connecting it to the modular will require a piece of hardware that looks annoying.

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:18 am

I'm considering getting a second ADDAC 302 Nchunk controller module. I had one but sold it because it was too deep. Not sure if the red version is equally deep but mine was golden (first version) and way too deep for my case. It's not super precise but it was very expressive and I liked how you can control multiple directions/cvs with one hand.
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Post by Summa » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:52 am

Paranormal Patroler wrote:I'm considering getting a second ADDAC 302 Nchunk controller module. I had one but sold it because it was too deep. Not sure if the red version is equally deep but mine was golden (first version) and way too deep for my case. It's not super precise but it was very expressive and I liked how you can control multiple directions/cvs with one hand.
The new version of the 302 is very skiff friendly, about 30mm deep :tu:

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:58 am

Summa wrote:
Paranormal Patroler wrote:I'm considering getting a second ADDAC 302 Nchunk controller module. I had one but sold it because it was too deep. Not sure if the red version is equally deep but mine was golden (first version) and way too deep for my case. It's not super precise but it was very expressive and I liked how you can control multiple directions/cvs with one hand.
The new version of the 302 is very skiff friendly, about 30mm deep :tu:
Wow! Really? I did not know that! Definitely getting one then :hyper:
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Post by propertyof » Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:08 am

Wow lots of really nice suggestions here! thanks guys!
Summa wrote:Intellijels Planar is really good too

I had the Mr Grassi for a while but it didn't allow for much control more like a crackle-box type random fucker-upper.
i was thinking to get a planar before, but i found out that planar 2 is on the horizon, so i think i should wait for a bit more.
and thanks for sharing about your mister grassi experiences.

and some nice testimonials on the lightstrip here. made me sure about it now.
Paranormal Patroler wrote:I'm considering getting a second ADDAC 302 Nchunk controller module. I had one but sold it because it was too deep. Not sure if the red version is equally deep but mine was golden (first version) and way too deep for my case. It's not super precise but it was very expressive and I liked how you can control multiple directions/cvs with one hand.
another interesting stuff from ADDAC. pretty expensive for my pocket, but will definitely check the second hand market. by the way, is it only me or ADDAC website is down right now? can't access it.

anyway most controller modules available out there are using touch sensitive panel approach.. now it makes me wonder, besides the ones that already mentioned here (addac302 & 303, doepfer theremin, ears/mikrophonie etc), is there any other modules that using "no-hand" approach for their expressive control?
i mean like someone should make a vocal responsive controller! :eek:

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:34 pm

Their site is down but they're aware. Sent them an email as I tried to check out the ADDAC302 after Summa said it's not as deep!
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Post by Summa » Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:45 pm

propertyof wrote: anyway most controller modules available out there are using touch sensitive panel approach.. now it makes me wonder, besides the ones that already mentioned here (addac302 & 303, doepfer theremin, ears/mikrophonie etc), is there any other modules that using "no-hand" approach for their expressive control?
i mean like someone should make a vocal responsive controller! :eek:
Well you can always use whatever type of audio material into an envelope follower to control stuff in the modular, again ADDAC has a really good envelope follower ADDAC401 that gives you 8 gates derived from the input.
Pulp Logic's Entry Point is another fun module that also works as a preamp and you not only get an envelope out but also a Squarewave output that's really interesting to use as a modulator.

You can also of course use your feet with expression pedals, plenty of options for those too.

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Post by chysn » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:03 pm

I've been looking everywhere for the perfect Eurorack controller for years. Pressure Points was somewhat close, but my home is plagued by radio interference, and I gave up after trying a few copies of Pressure Points.

I eagerly awaited Arches, but it always seemed to be just over the horizon.

I finally thought I'd give Tetrapad a shot. After about three days of learning its various modes, I was totally in love with Tetrapad. I bought a second one, and built a little skiff for them using a Make Noise Mini Power.

This is exactly the controller I've always wanted. Responsive, expressive, tons of functionality. I usually pair it with Boss Bow Tie to route the Tetrapads' outputs around my system in various ways. It's been a long road, but this is my controller of choice now.

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Post by uniquepersonno2 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:26 pm

chysn wrote:I've been looking everywhere for the perfect Eurorack controller for years. Pressure Points was somewhat close, but my home is plagued by radio interference, and I gave up after trying a few copies of Pressure Points.

I eagerly awaited Arches, but it always seemed to be just over the horizon.

I finally thought I'd give Tetrapad a shot. After about three days of learning its various modes, I was totally in love with Tetrapad. I bought a second one, and built a little skiff for them using a Make Noise Mini Power.

This is exactly the controller I've always wanted. Responsive, expressive, tons of functionality. I usually pair it with Boss Bow Tie to route the Tetrapads' outputs around my system in various ways. It's been a long road, but this is my controller of choice now.

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Slightly off topic, but that’s a really nice compact system. Props

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Post by propertyof » Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:48 pm

Summa wrote:
propertyof wrote: anyway most controller modules available out there are using touch sensitive panel approach.. now it makes me wonder, besides the ones that already mentioned here (addac302 & 303, doepfer theremin, ears/mikrophonie etc), is there any other modules that using "no-hand" approach for their expressive control?
i mean like someone should make a vocal responsive controller! :eek:
Well you can always use whatever type of audio material into an envelope follower to control stuff in the modular, again ADDAC has a really good envelope follower ADDAC401 that gives you 8 gates derived from the input.
Pulp Logic's Entry Point is another fun module that also works as a preamp and you not only get an envelope out but also a Squarewave output that's really interesting to use as a modulator.

You can also of course use your feet with expression pedals, plenty of options for those too.
Damn i think i need another case specific only for ADDAC modules..
I tried to find about the 401 Gated Envelope Follower in their website but can only find 403 Forbidden right now :hihi:

While looking for ADDAC302 Nchunk info, I found about Minigorille CV Graphics. This one seems has very interesting idea and fit to my concept. Anyone has experience with it?

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