“I create a custom controller with the Sensel Morph Innovator Overlay, and interface it to my Quarantine Modular using FH2 Factotum. Then I perform some cinematic soundscapes with this cool instrument!
Featuring Dust of Time, Piston Honda mk3, Kermit Mk3, Monsoon and Tendrils Cables.”
“We demo the Sensel Morph (with Buchla Thunder overlay) with the Animoog synthesizer app for iPad.
The Animoog is a software synthesizer from Moog based around the Anisotropic Synthesis Engine – the sound morphs among 8 different timbres along a user-defined path. Animoog also supports Midi Polyphonic Expression (MPE), making it an ideal pairing for the
“Sensel Morph MPE tests with the Hydrasynth in MPE mode…variety of controls assigned in the Mod Matrix to pitch, cutoff, drive, and the amazing individual control of ‘warps’ of specific cross sections of the OSC wave form and if thats not enough freeze reverb manual control for added epicness 🙂 …truly a unique experience. Using a dual setup of the
1. Sensel – Hugo R.A. Paris Sound Bath for UVI Falcon
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This instrument was designed with sounds by artist Hugo R.A. Paris for the Sensel Morph Buchla Thunder Overlay using the default map for Preset 1 on the Thunder. It also works for the default MPE map for the Piano, Drum,and Music Production
“We present another Sheltering in Place synth jam, this time featuring the Sensel Morph and our modular system, along with an assist from Big Merp.
The Sensel Morph maps to audio signals in Max/MSP/BEAP and connects to the modular via the Expert Sleepers ES-8. We use it to control the Sputnik Modular Dual Oscillator, Metasonix RK5 Low Pass Gate, and Rossum
“Sensel Live Streams are a real-time outlet for learning and conversation. From sound design to composition and technical details, we cover a lot of ground. If you missed the event, you can still get all the information in our archives.”
1. Morph MPE Smörgåsbord: Bitwig, Cubase, and Logic
In this live stream, Peter covers the basic setup for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) in
“Due to recent aesthetic complaints about our wild taste in sound, we decided to head to the conservatory and make some music rooted in tradition. Of course, we didn’t give up on electronics, we just showed how expressive the Morph can be with acoustic sounds.
Using the @Audio Modeling SWAM flute and cello, and the @Arturia piano, we created a simple tune and
“Granular Vol. 1: Strung
Strung is the first in our series of audio collection presets featuring granular synthesized sounds. This alluring collection of 50 presets is a godsend for serious producers on the hunt for unique, irreproducible sound forms.
INCREDIBLE SOUND SOURCE
We began by sampling from a hi-res string source in the
The Sensel Morph’s specialized touch control lets you apply both multi-touch position and force (how hard you press). Some new and recent videos make it clear how to customize that for your different tools.
The Morph isn’t alone in the force + multi-touch position game. The growth of MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) depends on multiple controllers. But the Morph tool is uniquely adaptable, thanks to specialized overlays that let it adopt different layouts. So, as I’ve written before, you can swap between a musical control setup for a live show (say, with the Buchla Thunder overlay), and a different overlay for video editing (and fire up Premiere or Final Cut), and so on.
Peter Nyboer from Sensel is a perfect person to explain all this. Now we get to see his full presentation from Perfect Circuit in LA, right in the comfort of our own home. (The magic of the Internet – behold! It’s like we can be everywhere at once, instantly! Or something.)
Here’s his full talk on the overlays and how the customization software works – that last one being a big point, I know:
If you’re looking for a standalone control device, this isn’t it – it’s really more about being lightweight. But I do find the nice thing about the Morph is that it’s small enough you can put it in your backpack and forget about it – even more so than the iPad, and with greater accuracy and force sensing that the iPad lacks.
Sensel have also been busy with additional tutorials on how to work with the Morph. Bitwig Studio gets interesting because of its native MPE support – and there are custom control surface scripts there. (Bitwig seems well-suited to just this sort of tinkerer application.)
You don’t even need to buy a Bitwig Studio license to get started – there’s an included Studio 8-Track license included with the Morph.
It’s really the Buchla overlay that puts things over the top for me. Buchla himself had it right – this diagonal layout just ideally fits under the hand, especially for something performative.
And yeah, here’s the Buchla looking right at home with a modular setup – just as this controller was intended: