I know there's been alot of discussion recently about what we would like from future sample libraries, the possibilities of physical modelling and so on.
I often wonder about the midi spec and also the keyboards we use to manipulate our samples. I sometimes wonder if our method of inputting the data has to improve to keep up with the possible technological leaps that sample libs and PM are making.
I came across this intriguing piece of hardware;
Some interesting points;
"The performer must place fingers accurately to play in tune and can slide or rock fingers for glissando and vibrato."
"The z (pressure) position of each finger provides dynamic control. The performer produces tremolo by changing the amount of finger pressure. An experienced performer may simultaneously play a crescendo and diminuendo on different notes."
"The y (front-to-back) position of each finger provides additional timbre control for each note in a chord. By sliding fingers in the y direction while notes are sounding, the performer can create timbre glides. Depending upon the capabilities of the synthesizer used with the Continuum Fingerboard, the y position can have a variety of effects. One possibility is to let the y position on the Continuum Fingerboard correspond to the bowing position on a string instrument, where bowing far from the bridge produces a mellower sound and bowing near the bridge produces a brighter sound."
Has anyone played with this? I hope it might come down in price before I take the leap..