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Thunder was RE: MIDIMAN Surface One

I've had a love/hate relationship with this instrument for years. I 
spent way too much time writing custom software for which the thunder 
was the front end, but eventually got tired of its limitations.

It feels like playing a rock.
The active area of its pads is much shorter than it looks.
If you completely release pressure, but are still touching it, it 
sends a note off.

As a physical interface, it leaves much to be desired, because the 
relationship between gesture in and midi out isn't clear enough to 
make it easy to mentally internalize it so you don't have to think 
about it.

I keep think I want a pair of four finger controllers that would 
sense pressure and have a very physical give to them.

At 1:07 AM -0400 10/12/01, Tom Ritchford wrote:
>>Does the Thunder, which I believe uses FSR (force-sensitive 
>>resistor) technology, offer XY position and pressure information 
>>from a single "pad"?
>you can get velocity, "pressure" (actually the cross-sectional area of 
>finger apparently) and x position.
>there are lots of other interesting features that make the Buchla a cool
>instrument, though!
>       /.t
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