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    Good breath controller ?

    Hello,

    I thought it would be nice for winds and strings to have a breath controller to use with GPO. But I never heard of those things until recently, and never seen or used one ever... Can anyone maybe recommend a good one to me ?

    Thanks a lot !
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    I use the Yamha BC-3 - are there any others?
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    I also use a BC3 which connects to my Yamaha Motif.

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    Thanks for the replies, guys. Ok it makes it pretty simple if there is roughly only one of those things available

    Another question though:
    How does it connect to a PC with a sequencer ? Is it USB or ...?

    Thanks !
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    Yamaha WX5 if you are familiar with woodwind fingerings.

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    Not at all unfortunately
    But thanks.
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    Re: Good breath controller ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nino Mojo
    Not at all unfortunately
    But thanks.
    Easy to learn. You can get the proper fingering charts on the net for any woodwind instrument.
    Edit - Having the instrument to learn is another matter.
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    Re: Good breath controller ?

    The BC1, BC2 and BC3 all do pretty much the same thing. However, they all need a suitable dedicated 'input' to plug into [sorry, its not USB, Serial, MIDI or anything like that!). Some Yamaha keyboards and modules like the Motif and VL-70 have such an input. There is however a company that make and sell a BC3 to MIDI converter for those who do not have a breath controller input on their keyboard:

    http://www.midisolutions.com/prodbth.htm

    However at around $200 for the converter, it might be tempting to look around for a discounted VL-70 (or similar) acoustic tone module (with the dedicated input) for a little bit more money, but a lot more bang for the bucks.

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    Re: Good breath controller ?

    Ouch Thanks for the detailed replies.

    It seems all a bit too complicated for me as I don't want to go larger on the actual hardware (a breath controller seemed just the right size .
    Actually I'd especially like to use it for the strings. As I really suck at the modwheel, I thought the breath controller was the way to go (I breath "musically" in front of my computer for now, and I try to convert that into a velocity enveloppe after, but you can guess it's a bit of a workaround )

    Maybe you can suggest yet another method aprt from the modwheel and/or breath controller to input velocity ? Or I would have to get the BC-3 + converter... (seems expensive).

    Thanks a lot anyways.
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    Good breath controller
    Listerine, Scope, there are a lot of good breath control ....... oh, sorry.

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