Superbooth 22: Chair Audio showcased the Analog Waveguide, an analog stereo delay for Karplus Strong applications & the Tickle tactile controller.
Developers from all over the world come to the Superbooth. Big players but also small, young companies that are celebrating their premiere here.
For example, the German company and research group Chair Audio (The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research) exhibited here for the first time. This is in the form of a converted bicycle.
Chair Audio’s new Eurorack module Analog Waveguide is a stereo BBD analog delay that is designed for Karplus Strong synthesis applications. It consists of two BBD delays that are split up into an X and Y coordinate. Then, it has a unique mathematical function that allows you to rotate (0° – 180° – 270°) the signal through these delays.
This is where the special feature of the module comes into play. Besides classic Karplus Strong string sounds, it is capable to create inharmonic sounds.
Further, you get pitch control, linear/exponential modulation incl FM on each delay, an analog lowpass filter, and decay amount. The latter controls the amount of feedback. What you heard at the Chair Audio booth at Superbooth 22 sounds very exciting.
Tickle Tactile Controller
Tickle is a hybrid USB-MIDI controller with a built-in piezo microphone. It allows you to play sounds by touching, hitting, or bowing. Mainly to excite virtual resonators. All these characteristics give you the feeling of an acoustic instrument. It delivers USB-MIDI as well as USB audio via a class-compliant device.
According to the developer, the controller is currently available in a small batch that is aimed at developers, researchers, and enthusiasts. So it’s not produced in high volume and thus the price is higher.
Chair Audio Tickle tactile controller is available now for 450€. The Analog Waveguide Eurorack is coming later this year.
More information here: Chair Audio