Haken Audio Intros Two New Continuum Fingerboard Instruments At 2020 NAMM Show

At the 2020 NAMM Show, Haken Audio is introducing two new models of the Continuum Fingerboard, the s70L6x (slim 70) and the s46L6x (slim 46).

The new Continuums are thinner than the original Continuums (1.2 inches), adding to their portability. The new Continuums also include expanded audio I/O and an integrated LED display and controls.

  • With a 70 semitone surface pitch range, the s70L6x Continuum is designed to give you a great range of playing possibilities with extensive octave freedom.
  • At nearly 4 octaves long, the s46L6x Continuum is designed to be a versatile instrument, with a great range of playing possibilities.

Both are very gesturally sensitive instruments giving you extremely responsive control over sounds in multiple dimensions, letting you control sounds via individual finger movements in three dimensions.

See the Haken site for more information on the Slim Continuums.

Firmware Version 9

Haken Audio has also introduced firmware version 9 is for all Continuums with DSP engines (both classic action and light action) and for all ContinuuMinis.

There are over 100 new Presets for the Continuum and ContinuuMini since the last release for the Continuum, version 8.50. This brings the total number of Presets available to over 470. Of note in these new Presets are the greatly expanded number in the Ultility category. These Utility Presets are often a great starting point for creating new custom Presets.

Haken says that the new version of firmware is an example of the company’s continued support and improvements to the Continuum and the ContinuuMini, and that it also lays the groundwork for inclusion of the upcoming Expressive E Osmose.

For more information, see the Haken Audio site.

13 thoughts on “Haken Audio Intros Two New Continuum Fingerboard Instruments At 2020 NAMM Show

  1. I’m dying to get one of these, but even the Mini looks like a lot of money for the use I can give it. I understand these are quality, North-american-made instruments, and I’m guessing they are not cheap to make — but oh, geez.

  2. They keep on selling this at exceedingly high cost. In that price they should at least include the I/o. It must be more than 15 years now.

    1. they indeed come with the I/O. Headphone out, Stereo Line Level out, SPDIF in and out, two foot controllers, Midi, ic2, USB.

      1. I think xrx is probably referring to the Continuum Voltage Converter which is a 16 channel by 16 bit CV expander that plugs into the i2c port. Since it runs directly off the engine it allows dramatically faster CV response and much higher resolution for modular control than running a MIDI2CV converter. It’s $550 and if you’re driving analog modular gear it’s pretty much a must-have. However, not everyone needs it so including it by default would simply increase the price of the unit.

  3. It’s the most expressive electronic instrument in the world and in history. It’s individually hand built by its inventor. It’s sold at near cost.

    It’s not for the whiney complainers that want marxism to give them everything for free as they live in their mansions while the actual workers starve.

    1. wanting affordable gear is a normal concern for anyone living in any system. making sense doesnt seem to be a priority for some . . lets keep this on topic perhaps

  4. Never understood why hand build is used as a recommendation, if my tesla was hand built I couldn’t afford it. Also they make it sound as if a human delivers better quality then a robot. Pure nonsense. It’s a pity, this instrument should be available for more people; players and listeners. Missed opportunity.

    1. If you watch Lipold Haken’s lectures from Continuucon on YouTube, it becomes clear why it’s not an easy process to automate. He would need to be building thousands of Continuums in order to justify the cost of machining every part. He makes and sells maybe ten or twenty of these things a year. They are meticulously calibrated. Extremely sensitive.

  5. It is not mass produced, but there is still a market for this. Sorry it is out of many people’s price range, but how is that the fault of the designer? There is scant little profit margin in a product like this.

  6. No one complains about buying a cheap $4000 cello or a $6000 violin (when serious performance grade instruments are priced at 10K, 50K and up). The Haken Continuums are crafted at the level of master luthiers and performs to match the skill level of the greatest musical artists in the world. People should understand this instrument is a life long investment and not a disposable synth toy.

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