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Touch Screen Music Synth

Software based synthesizers are getting more popular. This idea is about touch-screen effects so that the musician can touch the screen.
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Synthesizers are hard ware keyboards. It costs quite a lot. Nowadays, these machines are software-based which can be convienient because you can store it in your hard disk. The touch screen will enable all musicians to have a better control on the music.
likeaprayer999, Aug 07 2002

Seeing as you can get MIDI for the Palm http://users.ev1.net/~bantha/palm/
...I'm gonna call this one Baked. [DrCurry, Aug 07 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Kaos Pad http://www.cyrogeni...views/korgeview.htm
[prometheus, Aug 07 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Keleja's link http://www.estarcio...lugins.html#miditab
Been doing this a lot recently... [yamahito, Aug 14 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Roland PMA-5 http://www.harmony-...oland/PMA-5-01.html
Baked in palmsize format in 1997, it can also convert/transfer MIDI to and from a Mac. Retailed for 600 back in the day, one in xlnt condition can be had on ebay for $150 w/convertor [thumbwax, Aug 14 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

seems you were a bit early https://www.google....?q=synth+music+ipad
beginning of 2014 [pashute, Jan 05 2014]


       I think you will find that a touch screen monitor costs as much as, if not more than many synthesizers.
Mr Burns, Aug 07 2002

       I prefer the idea of the light beam keyboard - Basically a row of light emitters even spaced in a straight line to allow for approximate hand alignment and a row of corresponding receivers about 8ft above them. When the beam is broken, the note plays. Picture a jiggling muso throwing his hands about in empty space....
Starmanz, Aug 07 2002

       Hm. If you used a Wacom drawing tablet, you could probably mock up a Theremin. There was another keyboard I linked to recently that responded to the position of the hand above it, and could interpret hand signals.
DrCurry, Aug 07 2002

       DrC: Wacom also makes a touchscreen LCD display. I didn't really read it well enough the first time. I thought the idea was to replace a keyboard with a touchscreen.   

       Now I interpret it as: Take already existing touchscreen technology, interface with already existing MIDI software and already existing MIDI keyboards, using already existing touchscreen HID drivers? The result? It already exists.
Mr Burns, Aug 07 2002

       [Starmanz]: That one was baked years ago by Jean Michel Jarre.
angel, Aug 08 2002

       There is a program called spongefork(google search for it) that would work well with a touch screen, but already works fine with a mouse. And you can already draw waveforms(and make sound interpreations of artwork) with programs like metasynth.
blacksect, Aug 08 2002

       Very early version of a Wacom-to-MIDI app is available at http://www.estarcion.com/tinygod/plugins.html#miditab
Kaleja, Aug 14 2002

       Please, for god's sake, use the link button. I've done it for you, just this once.
yamahito, Aug 14 2002

       Hah - I'm doing this NOW with Reaktor 4. Status - fully baked.
c-bee1, Nov 06 2003

       [c-bee1] Is it noticeably easier than using a mouse? I've always wondered, but never had the clams for a touchscreen.   

       Seems to me being able to reach out and move the virtual knobs and faders would be nearly as good as using a real, knob- encrusted synth.   

       BTW I own, use and love the PMA- 5. The touchscreen is way too small to be all that convenient though - requires a pen. By rights it should cover the whole front face of the instrument.   

       Various hardware synths and other gear have been made with touchscreens over the years, Korg's Triton and Trinity synths for example and their D- series of hard disk recorders.
BunsenHoneydew, Mar 17 2004

       By the way, a Synthesizer is NOT necessarily a hardware keyboard... they are frequently just software run on a Mac or PC or they are rack-mounted modules. In any case, this one is totally baked.
zigness, Mar 17 2004


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