What are some good controllers for Arturia Buchla Easel V?

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What are some good controllers for Arturia Buchla Easel V?

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I am looking for suggestions if anyone knows of some midi controllers that work well to integrate with the music easel UI design.

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I presume you're aware of the now defunct Sensel Morph with Buchla Thunder overlay?

I like an iPad app called TouchOSC which lets you send OSC messages... it might be configurable to send MIDI too.

Me, I bypass all of that and use Pd or Max to play Arturia Buchla Easel (I'm a heretic).
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Yes it seems impossible to find a sensel morph-thunder now.
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DeanG wrote: Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:43 pm Yes it seems impossible to find a sensel morph-thunder now.
No idea of your location, but there are currently multiple used Sensel Morphs with the Buchla overlay listed by various sellers in the US on Reverb.

https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=Se ... Controller
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Thanks for the heads up, I haven't checked for the morph for some time.I had given up.
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nostalghia wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:08 am
DeanG wrote: Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:43 pm Yes it seems impossible to find a sensel morph-thunder now.
No idea of your location, but there are currently multiple used Sensel Morphs with the Buchla overlay listed by various sellers in the US on Reverb.

https://reverb.com/marketplace?query=Se ... Controller
Unfortunately it appears people are asking 2-3X the original price and more. Which is ridiculous really. I had one I used with a Modal Skulpt but sold that setup. Shortly after they were bundled with the Easel Command then became very scarce outside of that and eventually discontinued. Nevertheless not worth the current asking price to me.

Besides that I am looking for a controller that can send slider cc to emulate the UI of the Easel V display and rely less on the mouse. I have tried using the touch screen on a tablet PC but the response of the screen with the one I have is too frustrating.
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Why not just use one of Arturia's MIDI keyboard controllers?
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Olympia Noise Company, the maker of the excellent Patternings 2 app, have another app based on the ondes Martenot called Ribbons: Touch Instrument. While it is a full-fledge synth, it can also be configured as a midi controller. It looks like it is on sale for $2.99, so it might be worth a shot if you have an iPad.

At $500 plus, the Sensel Morph is not worth it. Since the Easel Command has been out for awhile now, I’m surprised that someone hasn’t made a Thunder app for the iPad and touchscreen tablets.

Too bad Lemur is no longer supported.
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On the iPad, you can get KB-1 keyboard suite from Kai Aras/numerical audio.

https://numericalaudio.com/kb1/
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https://apps.apple.com/us/app/kb-1-keyb ... 1437919435

In stand alone mode (or in auv3 mode in aum) - one can set up keyboards that send slide, glide, velocity & modwheel info to the Buchla Easel V. On a keyboard or string-style instance.

Which is great by itself, but you can also create a midi cc knob controller instance as well, with up to at least 16 knobs that can be mapped (& re-named) to the controls of the Buchla Easel V.

This doesn’t give you the elegance of actual interface of the full physical easel - but you get a *lot further down the road than just using a mouse to adjust one control at a time. You can then save this config as a preset on the iPad & save the mapping config on your comp so you only have to do the mapping & rename procedure once.

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I hope this info is helpful!
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Thanks for these suggestions. I will look into them.
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luketeaford wrote: Mon Nov 21, 2022 5:37 pm I presume you're aware of the now defunct Sensel Morph with Buchla Thunder overlay?

I like an iPad app called TouchOSC which lets you send OSC messages... it might be configurable to send MIDI too.

Me, I bypass all of that and use Pd or Max to play Arturia Buchla Easel (I'm a heretic).
TouchOsc can do MIDI with ease.

I like that you can build a GUI that reflects really well what you 're mapping it to, but at the same time I dislike using a touchscreen for anything I would like to "play" since there is no tactile feedback.

For the money, I really like the Novation Launch Control XL as a USB MIDI controller: you get 8 sliders, 24 knobs and 16 buttons for 150-ish Euro. And it feels pretty sturdy and responds well.

I recently added a Faderfox PC12 to my controllers and that one is another level: 72knobs and 12 buttons, all freely assignable to whatever MIDI command you 'd like. It also features full sized DIN MIDI in and outs.
There's one feature I really like: you can send out the current values of all knobs so your mapped VST or hardware device reflects all knob positions.
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