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MINI PRZM

MINI_PRZM_03New versions of the MINI PRZM’s are now ready and out in the world. Based on the same technology as the original PRZM, each player now controls their own mini PRZM instrument. Four of the devices have four arcade style buttons located on each side and control a specific instrument or musical layer (drums, bass, chords etc.). The final device has proximity and ultrasonic sensors that react to hand gestures and control master effects.

 

 

Together the PRZM project creates a powerful jam station for kids (and big kids) and comes pre-loaded with a range musical settings.

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Arduino

Each PRZM is based on the Arduino Pro Micro to process button presses and sensor inputs. The LED lights are based on the Adafruit Neo Pixel Rings which are also running from the Pro Micro. The top section is made with diffused black/transparent acrylic with a custom laser cut vinyl for the HUD graphics.

Each Pro Micro sends its sensor inputs to a master hub based on the Arduino Leonardo which essentially functions as a receiver for each of the MINI PRZM’s and converts everything into a single message stream connected to a computer. The Leonardo is coded to operate as a class-compliant MIDI device.

Ableton

All the audio is generated in Ableton Live which receives control messages from the master PRZM HUB.

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Each PRZM controls a sampler instrument with a music loop loaded in. Different buttons will trigger different sections of the loop allowing players to re-organise the loop and jam with it.

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R10 Synthi 100 Heritage Project

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Krafthaus Arts CIC were successful in gaining a Heritage lottery grant for the acquisition of one of the last remaining EMS Synthi 100s in the UK. The incredibly rare  synthesiser was originally commissioned for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1970. From 1971, 28 EMS Synthi 100s were built and distributed around the world. Currently there are only a handful of working models, all in private studios or universities.

The EMS Synthi 100 at R10 is currently undergoing a complete internal restoration and rigours service to make sure this ultra complex machine will be working for many years to come. The end goal is that the EMS Synthi 100 will be at the centre of our heritage studio facility, incorporating and preserving music technology techniques and practices through workshops, talks, concerts and documented output from the R10 collective, invited guests and the wider electronic music community.

Head over to our dedicated site for more information on the project R10.studio

Mini PRZM

Following the success of the PRZM (Animated MIDI Lightbox) I am proud to present the Mini PRZMs. First previewed at Superbooth in May 2018, the Mini PRZMs draw on the same concept as the PRZM but with a dedicated instrument and control box for each player. Powered by Arduino and Ableton Live, PRZM offers a unique way for people to interact with and make music.

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Mini PRZM

More details on the design and development coming soon.

Multi Analyser XL

Following the success of the Multi Analyser, I am proud to announce the Multi Analyser XL. 

Available from Isotonik Studios.

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New features include:

  • Large floating window (stays visible while selecting different tracks).
  • Channel routing options per track:
    • Select from Pre FX, Post FX or Post Mixer to analyse tracks.
    • Select Left, Right or Summed output of tracks to analyse.

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Live 10

Multi Analyser XL makes use of a new feature of Live 10 whereby Max for Live devices now support multiple audio inputs and outputs. Inputs and outputs can be accessed via the track’s input and output channel choosers. Devices can also be routed to arbitrary tracks via the Live API.

This means that as well as hard routing a tracks output to a Max for Live device or routing content of a Max for Live device out to dedicated track input, we can also grab the output of a track and send it into in Max for Live Device without disrupting its current signal flow (i.e. to Master). This is great for analysis and measurement tools but also it allows Max for Live devices to have side-chaining functionality, which was previously not possible.

System Requirements

Multi Analyser XL requires Ableton Live 10 and a version of Max for Live will also be needed either with Ableton Live 10 Suite or Ableton Live 10 Standard with the Max for Live extension. Multi Analyser XL will not work in Live 9.

Available from Isotonik Studios.


For more information on the operation and development of Multi Analyser click here.