Buchla has introduced a new version of Don Buchla’s Lightning spatial MIDI controllers:
Lightning III features improvements in sensitivity, resolution, accuracy, and response time. Perhaps the biggest difference is in the addition of a third axis of sensitivity. Yes, Lightning now responds in all three directions, adding proximity to the horizontal and vertical dimensions brought to you by Lightning II.
As for appearance, not much change. The triangular remote sensor morphed to a rectangular shape; the control box stayed just about the same, and the wands are virtually identical.
Changes in software are minimal, the primary changes are to accommodate the third axis. The price is unchanged, remaining at $1995.
In the video above, Dr. Richard Scott “is suddenly attacked by a swarm of electronic mosquitos.” Fortunately, he had his Lightning MIDI controllers to wave them away.