MATRIXSYNTH: Expert Controller for Yamaha VL1


Monday, June 12, 2023

Expert Controller for Yamaha VL1


video upload by Robert Skerjanc

"Demonstration of the hardware prototype. It can edit the complete physical model of the VL1. Musically not much enlightening, but showing some first impressions. See also my home page: https://vl1.skerjanc.de/?p=23"

"This is my vision of an ideal hardware controller for the famous Yamaha VL1 synthesizer. After my experience of making a HW controller for the FS1R, I decided to create an new user interface that deals easily with hundreds of parameters to control this beast. The case is designed as a 19″ rack mount, the same size as the VL1m module. As the name implies, it can edit all physical modelling parameters as you were able with the Yamahas Expert Editor for Macs.

Individual dials for all parameters rendered quite impossible, so I found a way to divide the parameters into several pages of 16 parameters and show the content on an OLED displays.

You have 7 groups on the front panel: Global, Control, Effect, Driver, Physics, Pipe and Modifier. Each group has several buttons and LEDs to indicate the current selected parameter page. In the next image you see that the page for editing breath noise and excitation is selected, and the 16 dials are assigned to the belonging parameters.

The dials are endless encoders with haptic clicks. The displays are divided in two halves, upper display half describes the parameter name and value for the upper dial and vice versa.

That’s it: you have a good overview about the whole context and you can easily dive into all parameters."

You can find additional pics and details at https://vl1.skerjanc.de/?p=23.

4 comments:

  1. I've always loved the VL series - and you're right that this seems to be the ultimate in voice control!

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  2. That looks well-lush. I wish it was black though, to match the VL1M 😁

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  3. I wonder if it would be easier and cheaper to simply buy a flute and learn to play it.

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    1. Wake up gridsleep... this is to edit the sounds! Nothing to do with playing the synth...

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