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Pitchbend / modulation for wheel-less live rig


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Problem: To add pitch bend / modulation control of soft synths to a wheel-less live rig.

 

Rig: Nord Electro 2 (73) + laptop

 

I use the Electro for its organ and piano but also to control a few soft synths from my laptop - which, without standard pitch or mod control, is a bit limiting.

 

Options:

 

(1) Add an inexpensive 2nd keyboard (like an M-Audio Oxygen) to control the laptop.

 

I'm considering this, but hesitant as I really want a 2nd keyboard to be a weighted digital piano (like the new Yamaha CP 50 or upcoming Nord Piano) which also won't have mod wheels and I'm reluctant to consider an eventual 3-keyboard rig.

 

(2) Add just a midi controller for params such as pitch and modulation.

 

I'm looking for good alternatives here.

 

Here are other postings on the topic:

 

http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-14997.html

 

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Forum/6/topic/003572/Number/0/site_id/1#import

 

The Killamix Mini looks great

http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/midicontrol/kmix-mini.shtml

 

but is obviously expensive for what it is. It's the only solution I've found, however, that looks like it would fit well into a stream-lined live rig.

 

(3) Get an 88-key weighted midi controller or workstation instead of a digital piano.

 

Considering this also, but I'm unimpressed with the 88key midi

controllers (in terms of key action and portability) that I've tried and want to avoid hauling around a heavy keyboard (I have a Kurzweil K2500 and it never leaves home).

 

The Nord Stage would obviously fill the bill, but they're a little pricey and I already have an Electro.

 

. . . So that's my "problem".

 

Anyone else in a similar situation or any random thoughts from anyone?

 

Thanks!

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I'm interested in this as well, as I recently bought an inexpensive Casio that works great as a basic midi controller, but doesn't have any aux effects options. And all I do is some basic vibrato and leslie simulations that are already programmed in my sonic cell patches, so all I need is one little wheel or pedal.

 

For the OP, I do have a very good 44 lb 88-key weighted controller for sale - an older SL-880 Studiologic.

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I had a similar situation. I bought a Privia 330 w/pitch wheel but now I find myself wanting a modulation wheel. You may be able to do it with a BCR2000

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I'd go DIY. Find a cheap used midi keyboard, 25 keys or so, open it up, take the circuit board and the wheels (maybe some knobs too), put them in a box. The whole idea is worthy if you manage to find a very cheap board, maybe one with damaged case or broken keys.

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