At ContinuuCon 2018, being held Apr 26-28 at IRCAM in Paris, inventor Lippold Haken announced a new instrument, the ContinuuMini.
The ContinuuMini is a smaller and less expensive version of Haken’s Continuum Fingerboard. Continuum Fingerboards are designed to combine the power of modern synthesis with the expressive capabilities of acoustic instruments.
While the ContinuuMini shares many features with the larger Continuum keyboards, there are also some design differences to help make the instrument more affordable:
- Temporal Accuracy – 700 microseconds (NB: the mechanical feel of the Mini is different)
- Pressure Sensitivity – Hall-effect sensors (uses only four, has a lesser dynamic range)
- Onset Fine Structure – reports attack trajectory, not just a 7-bit ‘strike’ value
- Pitch Sensitivity – can roll fingers for super-fine pitch adjustments
- EaganMatrix Synthesis – tight timbre feedback loop
- The ContinuuMini’s polyphony and computational power is the same as a L2x Continuum.
- The ContinuuMini provides duotactic play (it can sense two fingers at a time, though it supports greater polyphony for sustained notes), with a pitch reference display for each note.
- The narrow body makes it possible to use multiple units as multiple manuals (as is done on Trautonium)
- Standalone preset selection and parameter modification is possible via a 4-button menu interface.
- Standalone operating instructions are included on the bottom of each unit.
- When connected to a computer, the Continuum Editor and EaganMatrix editing are supported.
- To keep costs down, the ContinuuMini implements MIDI over USB, vs DIN5 MIDI. Also, only one pedal jack is provided, vs two on the larger Continuums. The Pedal jack doubles as an i2C connection to CVC and uCVC.
- The ContinuuMini is USB-powered and weighs 10oz. It is small enough that a mailing tube holds the instrument, USB cable and power adapter.
Pricing and Availability
Production of the ContinuuMini is going to be funded via a Kickstarter project, which is expected to launch in late summer 2018. Pricing is expected to be US $549 for early backers (with an eventual MSRP of $899 US).
via Sally Sparks