Pittsburgh Modular - Lifeforms Touch Controller
Interactive Performance Interface
Intuitive and inspiring, the Lifeforms Touch Controller replaces the creative restrictions of a traditional chromatic keyboard with a set of fully configurable multi-dimensional touch pads. A configurable duophonic controller that utilizes two sets of five touch pads to offer a flexible and interactive performance surface. Performances can be interpreted with a unique combination of monophonic and duophonic responses. The Channel Animator functions quickly generate complex sequences. Intuitive and inspiring, the Lifeforms Touch Controller is the perfect interface for an experimental journey.
TOUCH AND GO
Easy to use, the interface is split into Left and Right sides. Each side offers a gate output, assignable CV A output, assignable CV B output, and touch position Y-Axis output. CV A is set using the top row of knobs and CV B uses the bottom row. A third set of outputs called “All” responds to both Left and Right sides.
The Channel Animator section controls the sequencers and modifies the functionality of the Touch Controller. Mono and Duo buttons switch between monophonic and duophonic modes. The Rest/Reset/Division button is used by the sequencers to add rest notes, reset, and change the clock division of a sequence. The Scan CV input responds to a 0-5v signal and assigns the active monophonic or duophonic channels based on the incoming voltage. Scan can be used to create various cycling arpeggiator or random sequences. The Reset gate input resets the sequencer to the first step. Step gate input advances the sequencer.
Enter Monophonic Mode by pressing the Mono button. In Monophonic mode the All output section responds to the selected channel. The Left section and the Right section respond when a channel in their section is pressed.
A single sequencer has access to all 10 channels. The sequence is performed in the order the notes are entered. Press and hold the Mono button then tap a series of channel touch pads to create a sequence. While holding down the Mono button during programming, pressing the Rest/Reset/Division button adds a rest to the sequence. Once a sequence is created, press and hold the Rest/Reset/Division button then tap a Channel Touch Pad to change the clock division left to right from ÷1 to ÷10. A sequence is clocked with the Step gate input jack. The Reset gate input resets the sequence to the first step. To stop the sequence, press and release the Mono button without touching a Channel Touch Pad.
Enter Duophonic Mode by pressing the Duo button. In Duophonic mode the All output section mixes the outputs of both the Left and Right selected channels creating interaction and transposition between the Left and Right sections. The Left and Right output sections respond when a channel in their section is pressed.
In Duophonic Mode, the Left and Right sections each have their own sequencer. Sequences are performed in the order the notes are entered. Press and hold the Duo button then tap a series of Channel Touch Pads on the Left and Right sections to create the sequences. While holding down the Duo button during programming, pressing the Rest/Reset/Division button adds a rest to the last selected sequence. Once the sequences are created, press and hold the Rest/Reset/Division button then tap a Channel Touch Pad to change the clock division left to right from ÷1 to ÷8. The Left 5 channel touch pads set the division of the Left section and the Right 5 channel touch pads set the division of the Right section to ÷1, ÷2, ÷3, ÷4, ÷8. Sequences are clocked with the Step gate input jack. The Reset gate input resets both sequences to the first step.
Panel size: 38hp
Power Usage: +12v 165mA, -12v 95mA. Does not require +5v. Reversed power polarity protection