The Synth Zone provides a comprehensive list of MIDI Controllers.
The Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL) deals with projects related to the topic of human-computer interaction, design of musical instruments and interfaces for musical expression, movement data collection and analysis, sensor development, and gestural control.
It is affiliated with the Music Technology Area of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and directed by Prof. Marcelo M. Wanderley.
Designing musical instruments that performers can handle – what is the sound of a waving hand – Axel Mulder’s list of musical instruments, sensors and related research.
A list of alternate MIDI controllers from Deviant Synth.
“Alternate MIDI controllers that are reasonably priced are very difficult to find. The piano-keyboard paradigm has such a death grip on electronic synthesis, it’s embarrassing. This is electronics; the control system is arbitrary and can take any form. But you can’t buy “any form”.
I am always looking for an easier gadget to play riffs on. Having not been tortured with piano lessons in childhood, my preference is for something new.”
Deviant Synth admin.
The projects include the Bubblegum Sequencer, The Box custom hardware with colored lights + Reaktor ensemble, the surface-temperature tangible interface table Weather Report, the strange polygonal Kromatron wireless instrumental interface, the Thimbletron gloves-as-samplers with lab coated performers project, the bicycle wheel and analog tape Looping Pedal, the computer-powered musical saw WaveSaw, the 28-string just-intoned microtonal casmolyra, the turntablist custom software ammoBox and the GrooveStep DS pattern maker.
EMI ))) (Experimental Music Instruments) is a group of engineers, composers and sound artist emitting experimental particles through strange artefacts called instruments.
Anne La Berge is interested in extending the acoustic flute via various hardware and software in both composed and improvised settings.
Anne La Berge writes —
“I consider the acoustic flute as an integrated part of my controllers. For non acoustic input I use commercial controller pedals and switches connected to a STEIM USB box. I am also building a set of controllers for ensemble players using the arduino which include simple knobs and switches.
I use the amplified acoustic flute as an input device which can have any number of control functions. I also use up to 4 continuous controller pedals and up to 8 switch pedals connected to the STEIM USB box to input controller information into max which is then distributed to various software and hardware. I am also building an Arduino interface which will have continuous controller knobs and small switches for members of a 5 piece band. These elementary controllers will give them limited input into other hardware and software used by the band.”
Michales Michaloudes: concept, programming.
Remapping of MIDI instruments to modify predefined sound parameters on any subtractive “analog” VST synthesizer. Requires Max/MSP, VST plugins, my clavisound-0.1 patch (for Max), connection to my database located in korgman.is-a-geek.net and a MIDI instrument.
The “clavisound” Max program is routing the MIDI notes to VST parameters. A database (MySQL) stores the mapping of the midi notes to VST parameters. The database is publicly available in through MySQL connection in korgman.is-a-geek.net.
Tomas Henriques: concept, design, software development
Vitorino Henriques: hardware design
The META-EWI and the META-EVI are two musical instruments created from an extensive augmentation of respectively the AKAI EWI3020 wind controller and the Steiner MIDI EVI. Both instruments were expanded with a new set of electronics based on sensor technologies. The main goal of these two projects/instruments consists in achieving performance tools that exhibit truly innovative levels of musical expression that push the level and the meaning of musicianship associated with the player of a monophonic wind instrument to a new plateau of musical complexity.