Illuminated Sounds took a trip down to Portland to go check out their synth meet up. Here are the pictures we got.
I recently got a chance to play with the Madrona Labs Soundplane A module at this years PNW synthfest.
It is a grid of tactical sensitive and pressure sensitive buttons. The smooth wood finish makes this a wonderful instrument to play. The level of control is amazing, from rubbing of your finger on the wood, all the way down to slamming down on a button.
The software AALTO running on the computer is a quite versatile VST program that was very impressive. it allows for the rearrangement of any of the midi notes on the 150-note array and sensitivity control. The open-source mapping application translates the raw USB signals from the controller into control streams such as OSC and MIDI. There are lots of user-configurable options for mapping the surface of the Soundplane A into different kinds of note and controller data.
This is the direction that midi controllers need to be moving. It has the level of control needed for proper replication of things like drum heads and percussion also the ability to make all kinds of new sounds with a level of nuance that is unmatched. I would like to see developers adopt this kind of scheme in new control surfaces. and price them around a level where ordinary consumers can get their hands on them.
Let us know what you think of the soundplane A and if you have any ideas of a great device that I.S. could feature E-mail us!
here’s a link to the forum devoted to the development of the software for this device.