Verbos Electronics Touchplate Keyboard
In the great West Coast synthesis tradition Verbos presents a capacitive touchplate controller with three independent sections: a 32-key keyboard trimmed to 1V/octave, a bender section and a eight-key keyboard with variable output voltages per key. The touch plates are gold-plated and partially illuminated from the rear. The module can be powered with an external power supply as well.
The biggest part of the module is a keyboard with 32 touchplates in the usual piano arrangement. The keys are trimmed to 1V/octave and generate four signals simultaneously when touched: note CV, pressure CV, gate and a 10ms long trigger.
To be precise: not the pressure is measured but the amount of skin touching the keys.
Three touch plates in the upper right are used for octave transposition; the active touchplate glows red.
In the upper left there's a bender: one touch plate generates a negative voltage, the other a positive one. The voltage is wot added to the big keyboard's note CV but is available at an individual socket.
Centered is another keyboard which is not 1V/octave. It has eight touch plates, each of which can be tuned freely. Use it for recaling fixed voltages (presets) or a as a microtonal keyboard. Besides the CV these touchplates also generate pressure and gate. The active touch plate is illuminated by a LED sitting behind the perforated plate.
The module features an input for an external 9-15V DC supply and can be used in an un-powered skiff.
V/Oktave-Keyboard: CV-Output, Pressure-Output, Gate-Output, Trigger-Output
Tunable Keyboard: CV-Output, Pressure-Output, Gate-Output
Power Inlet (9-15V DC)
About the manufacturer
Mark Verbos from New York has put his 20 years of experience as musician, sound engineer and as engineer into the development of a Eurorack module series. He has a preference for old Buchla systems and drew some inspiration out of this. The Verbos modules offer very high sound quality and great ergonomic handling due to their spacious design.