Twisted Tools put together this demonstration of using Konkreet Labs’ Performer, Twisted Tools’ Twisted KP and a Doepfer modular synthesiser.
And, while we’re pretty sure some readers will dismiss the demo as complete wankery – it does make interesting use of the iPad to extend the expressive capabilities of a modular synthesizer in a way that’s spatial, tactile and visual.
For musicians with an investment in a modular synth, this approach is a relatively inexpensive way (compared to other alternative controllers) to introduce new gestural control to your synth.
And while this current solution requires multiple components, it’s likely that future apps will simplify this.
Details on the setup below.
Check out the demo and details and let us know what you think. Is a combination like this the best of both worlds?
Here’s what’s happening in the demo:
- Twisted KP converts OSC from Konkreet Labs Performer to control voltages;
- The control voltages are routed to a Doepfer modular rack;
- Gate mode in Performer allows for control voltage messages to be sent only sent on touch.
- Twisted Tools’ Twisted KP – a $9 dedicated OSC converter for Konkreet Labs Performer application for the iPad. Requires REAKTOR 5.6+
- Konkreet Labs Performer for iPad – an app that’s designed to let you use multi-touch and gestures to manipulate shapes to dynamically control software instruments or, in this case, hardware.
- Control voltage interface – Control voltage output made possible by using MOTU 828MKII interface. Note that you’ll need a similarly capable DC-coupled audio interface.
- Eurorack modular synthesizer – Livewire AFG, Doepfer A-105 VCF and A-188BBD and A-180 Mult