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Alesis Airfx hacks?

April 27, 2006 | 6:26 am

Hi there,

So, I really love teh concept of the Alesis airfx device, though I think
they really missed a prime opportunity to
produce a classic midi instrument, by not implementing midi into it.

Even the new Photon X controller, from all I can tell, only effects audio,
and isnt midi compatible.

Does anyone know of a hack, of a similar device, that HAS midi output? Im
not talking Radio Baton, thats a bit clunky
for what Im looking for…plus, I really like the Flight of the Navigator
feel of the Airfx.

Anybody?

Thanks,
Computo


April 27, 2006 | 7:56 am

Maybe not quite the same, but the Paia Theremax makes
a good affordable hands-off controller.
It has CV outputs from the pitch & volume aerials and
a velocity driven gate output, so with a little
imagination, you can hook one up to a CV/Midi
convertor, and away you go.
The downside is that, like all Theremins, it’s pretty
sensitive and can be tricky to set up. And, of course,
like all Paia products, you’ve got to build it
yourself, so you’ll need to be handy with a soldering
iron, but having said that, the quality of their kits
and documentation are very good,
cheers
Roger


April 27, 2006 | 8:09 am


April 27, 2006 | 9:30 am

Hey man,

Quote: iamcomputo@gmail.com wrote on Thu, 27 April 2006 08:26
—————————————————-
> Hi there,
>
> So, I really love teh concept of the Alesis airfx device, though I think
> they really missed a prime opportunity to
> produce a classic midi instrument, by not implementing midi into it.

Yeah, I feel exactly the same.

> Does anyone know of a hack, of a similar device, that HAS midi output? Im
> not talking Radio Baton, thats a bit clunky
> for what Im looking for…plus, I really like the Flight of the Navigator
> feel of the Airfx.
>
> Anybody?
>
> Thanks,
> Computo

Well the airfx is basically three IR proximity sensors in a < , ^ and upwards configuration, so it's doable with any of the "sensor-packages" out there. 3 sensors like this one: http://www.eowave.com/page_produit.php?prod=9 is good, but note the range: 5 to 30 centimeter…bit boring. On the plus side a fully mounted rig should be much larger than a golfball.


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