Rock Erickson demos the Millioniser 2000 – an unique harmonica-style MIDI controller.
Here’s an in-depth introduction to the Millioniser 2000:
The M2000 was developed between 1979 and 1984 by Ronald Schlimmer of SM Elektronik, from an idea by Swiss harmonica player Walter Muller (Walt Miller). Although the first models were assembled by the English company Acorn Computers, manufacturers of the BBC Micro, “mass” production is done by Suzuki. The M2000 is still available!
The hardware didn’t change very much since the first released model, but there are several software versions on the market. The latest software update is from April 16, 1987 and includes a MIDI out implementation.
The Millioniser 2000 really was a revolutionary instrument. It was the second breath controlled synth ever produced, and for those times very sophisticated (the lyricon being the first but this instrument had a lot of technical problems).
Finally, here’s a vintage introduction to The Millioniser, from 1983:
If you know more about the Millioniser 2000, let us know in the comments!