Dubspot @ Decibel 2014 – Madrona Labs Soundplane MIDI Controller w/ Randy Jones

In this music technology workshop at Decibel 2014, we take a look at the Madrona Labs Soundplane, a unique handmade tactile controller with the feel of an acoustic instrument.

At Madrona Labs, Randy Jones is pushing the boundaries with interactive music technology and MIDI controllers. Using electronic music pioneer Max Matthews’s Radio Baton as an inspiration, he came up with the Soundplane. With the Soundplane, Randy Jones aimed to make a pressure-sensitive MIDI controller that felt and played like an analog instrument. To achieve this, they made the instrument out of wood and it has the bounce and “action” of an analog instrument.

Madrona Labs also makes the great software synthesizers Kaivo and Aalto. Check them out at madronalabs.com.

madrona labs soundplane

The Soundplane Model A is a computer music controller with the sensitivity and feel of an acoustic instrument. It detects a wide range of touches on its walnut playing surface, from a light tickle to a very firm press. Unlike a MIDI keyboard, which typically sends out just one velocity value at the start of a note, the Soundplane communicates three dimensions of information, x, y and pressure, over the entire duration of every touch. As a synthesist, this lets you replace a triggered envelope with an intimate connection and breathe life into each note.

madrona labs soundplane


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