Reader Claude Woodward shared this video, demonstrating his Marvelous MIDI Music Machine – a suite of custom light-up acrylic MIDI controllers – all designed to play different roles.
Woodward’s instruments aren’t just fantastical – but are designed to be expressive in ways that go beyond most mass-produced MIDI controllers.
Here’s what Woodward has to say about his new rig:
The main component is the ‘Claude Controller’ which involves 57 controller wheels arranged in a keyboard-like layout. This allows the player to quickly locate & remember controller mappings.
The simultaneous articulation of multiple parameters makes the synth come alive! In this video I’m using Logic’s ES 2 analog synthesiser plugin but, of coarse it can be adapted to any synth engine.
It is also possible to notate the wheel movements using standard music notation.
I would like to see it adopted as a standard for controller design.
I will be performing with this rig soon as ‘The Sonic Manipulator Mk 2’………..Be warned!!