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Designed by Dr. Lippold Haken and manufactured by Haken Audio, the Continuum Fingerboard is a musical instrument that allows unprecedented realtime performance control. With a greater pitch range than a traditional 88 note Midi keyboard, the Continuum offers realtime continuous control in three dimensions for every finger that is placed on the playing surface.

Included internally is a custom designed user programmable synthesizer, specifically programmed to take advantage of the subtle and dramatic expressive musical possibilities of the Continuum.

Features

  • Three dimensional polyphonic playing surface.
     
  • Internal sound generator specifically designed to take advantage of the expressive possibilities of the Continuum with up to 32 voice polyphony. Programmable via the Continuum Editor program.
     
  • Highly optimized 16 voice Midi data output.
     
  • Pitch resolution allows for seamless polyphonic glissandi and the ability to microtune intervals on the fly.
     
  • Ultra-fast performance response regardless of polyphony.
     
  • Configurable via surface interaction, external computer editor, or Midi input.
     
  • Advanced communication to DSP hardware from Symbolic Sound Corporation.
     
  • Internal pitch processing allows for optionally rounding finger positions to equal temperament, just, and user definable scales. This rounding is intelligent, accurately preserving vibrato and glissandi effects.
     
  • Pitch processing allows for scalable and non-linear pitch mappings of the Continuum surface.
  • Innovative dual pedal support, including "dynamic" sustain and sostenuto, allowing for continuous depth control of sustained notes.
     
  • Mono modes which allow the user to use multiple fingers to step, retrigger, or glide between note ranges.
     
  • Adjustable pitchbend range tailors the Continuum's response to your Midi sound device.
     
  • Pressure and front-to-back can be configured for any Midi continuous controller message.
     
  • Direct integration with the Continuum Voltage Converter (CVC) for control of analog synthesizers. Each of the CVC's 16 control voltages has a user programmable formula.
     
  • Configurable Midi split for playing surface zone setups.

Configuration

The Continuum can be configured via surface interaction, Midi or via the Continuum Editor. A Configuration strip is supplied with every Continuum to aid the player in remembering configuration options that are available from the playing surface. The Continuum Editor is a free cross-platform application that greatly enhances the Continuum Fingerboard programming experience.

Pitch Range (with conventional pitch scaling)

Nearly 8 octaves (9350 cents)

 

Pitch Resolution (without rounding)

Better than 1 Cent

 

Maximum Polyphony

32 simultaneous notes for internal sounds, 16 via Midi

 

Scan Interval

0.65 ms typical, 0.35 ms minimum

 

Interface

Midi, headphone, AES3, i2c for CVC

 

Audio Output (Analog)

24 bit D/A, up to 5.1v p-p, 100 mW power

 

Audio Output (Digital)

24 bit AES3, 48 or 96 khz sample rate or sync to AES3 input

 

Audio Input (Digital)

24 bit AES3, sample rates from 32 to 192 khz

 

Power

50 watts, 110 or 220 vac

 

Continuum Size [length/width/height]

137/19/7.5 cm (54/7.5/3 in)

 

Regular Case Size [length/width/height]

150/28/16.5 cm (59/11/6.5 in)

 

Heavy Case Size [length/width/height]

150/28/20 cm (59/11/8 in)

 

Weight

10.2 kg (22.5 lbs)

 

Weight with Regular Case

17 kg (38 lbs)

 

Weight with Heavy Case

23.3 kg (52 lbs)

 

 

 

 

check: http://www.hakenaudio.com/Continuum/

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small 3750 €

BIG XL 5700 €

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