The Mercurial STC-1000 is a highly flexible and programmable Single Touch Controller that offers you unprecedented control of MIDI devices and PC applications. As well, it is a programmable, percussion enabled multi-zone MIDI trigger that can serve as the performance surface for custom instruments, created by you. In its percussion mode, the STC-1000 has the type of dynamic range that even the most discriminating percussionists will appreciate. In its parameter control mode, it is so powerful and flexible that it will change the way you think about controlling applications ranging from audio and graphics to games and external MIDI devices.
The ability of the STC-1000 to control MIDI devices and PC applications is limited only by your imagination.
A "few" examples of how the included software allows you to program the STC-1000 are as follows:
1) Stand Alone Mode
MIDI trigger for instruments created by you
1 - 9 zone drum pad
Keyboard expression / nuance controller
DJ expression / nuance controller
MIDI lighting controller
Sequencer transport controller
Peripheral DSP controller
Proof of concept device
2) Connected to PC
Control faders and buttons in your favorite software
Sequencer transport controller
Digital sound engineering parameter control pad
X-Y-Z graphics controller
PC applications option selection pad
Graphic arts control surface for special effects
Plug-ins controller & Games controller
Video editing controller
Program the STC-1000 to control nuances and features of your favorite synthesizer. For example, you could program an XYZ preset where X is controlling the envelope, Y is controlling the pitch and Z is controlling portamento. Now, touch the surface of the STC-1000 and have instant, expressive control of these 3 features, with a single touch. At the turn of a knob, the STC can become 4 faders to control the volume of separate odules in your synth rack. Another turn and it is now a 9 zone percussion device tied to your favorite drum brain.
The included software will enable your STC to morph into the controller you need for the application you are using.
Open your favorite graphics program and the STC can even morph within that 1 application. For example, in your graphics program, when you open your color channel mixer, the STC can be set to control RGB with X,Y and Z. One touch to do what before would have taken 3 sliders. Now switch to color balance. Cyan, magenta and yellow have been tied to XYZ.
Again, just one touch to get the color balance right. The STC remembers your settings and anytime you open these windows in the future, it is ready to take control. Now, you open your favorite music application and have all this functionality available to control faders, shuttle control, Plug-ins like audio effects, Soft Synths and so much more.
Percussion and MIDI Trigger
In percussion mode, the STC-1000 can function as one large pad or can be split into 9 separate zones, a 3 X 3 grid.
Each zone is individually programmable. You could have a kick on zone 1, a snare on zone 2, tom toms on zones 3 - 5 and cymbals on zones 6 - 9. Each zone can be sent to the same MIDI channel or separate MIDI channels.
Zones can also be set to play arpeggios. For example, zone 1 could be set to play a C the first time it is tapped, an E the second time it is tapped and a G the third time. It can also be set to play a chord if you like and there are no limits to the number of notes played in an arpeggio or a chord.
With all this functionality and its great dynamic range, the STC-1000 offers endless possibilities for musical expression and allows you to create new intuitive ways of playing music.
Updates to the STC software will be available at the site and users will have the option of downloading the updates or use the software's auto update feature. As well, the site will enable users to share the STC presets they
Kinotex™ NTP-01 Touch Surface
MIDI in MIDI out
9V Power Supply
Power on/off switch
Encoded preset selection knob
Backlit Alphanumeric LCD
Memory for 1-16 pre-programmed control presets
Aluminum top and solid metal construction
Elegant and rugged design
Supports multi zone (up to 16 zones) parameter control
Supports multi zone (up to 9 zones) percussion
Sensitivity 0.9 oz (.25n) of pressure
Dynamic Range .. Linear, 128 step
Mercurial STC-1000 is two devices combined in one MIDI unit: it's an X-Y continuous touch controller, and a programmable multi-zone percussion-style MIDI trigger.
In other words, you can use it like a sophisticated touchpad for controlling filters and synth parameters, or use its zones as drum/note triggers.
Kinotex, owned by Tactex, manufactures the touch-sensitive surface itself.
CDM prediction: touch surfaces, particularly those coupled with LCDs.
The Radio Drum/Baton, even though not widely known, is a well established electronic music controller used in academia and computer music performance.
Built by Bob Boie and improved by Max Mathews, it has undergone a great deal of improvement in accuracy of tracking, while the user interaction has remained relatively constant.
It consists of a detection surface, two drum sticks and a control box.
The sticks don’t have to be in contact with the surface for their position to be detected.
The drum generates 6 separate analog signals that represent the current x, y, z position of two sticks.
The radio tracking is based on measuring the electrical capacitance between the coil at the end of each stick and the array of receiving antennas on the drum (one for each corner).
The analog signals are converted to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) messages by a microprocessor and sent to a host computer.
The sensing surface measures approximately 375mm X 600mm.
While the nature of the radio drum’s design immediately lends itself to applications as a music synthesis interface, we present an application that uses the radio drum as a novel tangible interface for browsing and interacting with music collections.
As a lower cost alternative to the Radio Drum, the STC1000 controller has also been used.
The Mercurial STC1000 uses a network of fiberoptic sensors to detect pressure as position on a two-dimensional plane. It has been designed by the Mercurial Innovations Group.
This device is a singe touch controller that directly outputs MIDI messages.
The mapping to MIDI can be controlled by the user.
The active pad area is 125mm X 100mm.
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