Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Gestural Control of Modular Synthesizer via Kinect by Robotmakers

A video by Robotmakers was uploaded to YouTube this weekend, showing another alternative way of controlling your modular with gestures.
Finally someone found out how to use the Microsoft Kinect system to control a (modular) synthesizer.

Kinect is a motion sensing input device by Microsoft for the Xbox 360 game console and Windows PCs, based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral. 
It enables users to control and interact with the PC or Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller or mouse, through a natural user interface using gestures.

Although this hack only converts the gestures to a MIDI signal, it can be easily converted into CV voltages with any simple MIDI-to-CV converter.
I predicted that this would be possible when the Kinect was announced in a post from January last year about Doepfer's Mogli glove
I didn't expect it would take this long before a video showing this would appear on YouTube though...
(or did i miss earlier attempts?)

Video: Gestural Control of Modular Synthesizer via Kinect

" Custom software enables gestural control using Kinect and PC. Hand movements in the X and Y axes are translated into MIDI signals which generate control voltages, allowing 2 dimensional morphing of waveforms in a "Morphing Terrarium" module, processed through modular moog.
Recorded in the superterranian lair of the Robotmakers. "
Uploaded by robotmakers

Also read the other blog-posts i wrote about touch-less gesture-control, like the Theremin, the Doepfer Mogli and the Wii-mote.