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A wind instrument that plays and sounds like the familiar recorder, with the flexibility and features of a pro electronic instrument.
A wind instrument that plays and sounds like the familiar recorder, with the flexibility and features of a pro electronic instrument.
38 backers pledged $6,806 to help bring this project to life.

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The eCorder

     The eCorder is an all-electronic Soprano recorder, designed to take you from standard recorder playing to infinity and beyond.  It plays just like a standard recorder, but can be played in any key and any octave, from Sub-Contra-Bass to Garklein. It also features MIDI, for use with any other hardware of software synthesizer plug-in, and Analog Control-Voltage (CV) outputs for use with analog synthesizers. Further extending the capabilities of the acoustic recorder, it has extra holes and sensors to play an extra octave higher and lower, and is equipped with an accelerometer to sense up/down and left/right tilting (which can be flexibly mapped to almost any parameter) as well as two sliders and six additional configurable buttons / pads.  It features a high-bandwidth pressure sensor for the breath, capacitive finger sensors for the same no-force feel as an acoustic recorder, including flattement. A built-in ultra-low-latency (sub- millisecond) physical-modelled synthesizer provides realistically accurate emulation of the acoustic recorder,

Specs & Features Summary:

  • Standard and Extended Recorder Fingerings and Blowing
  • Touch-sensitive Tone Holes
  • Standard and USB MIDI Out
  • Built-in Synthesizer and Audio Output
  • Analog Control-Voltage (CV) Output
  • Any Key, Any Octave
  • Accelerometer
  • Two Sliders
  • Configurable Trigger/Pad Buttons
  • Flattement

The Beta Phase

    After several years of prototyping and development, it is finally ready to reach the next level!  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a Beta version of the eCorder well before the final version is ready, and at a substantial discount from the estimated final price of $1500 (subject to change), as well as participate in its design and help guide its features.

The Innards of the Alpha Version
The Innards of the Alpha Version

 

The ZaeroDyne Synthesizer

Developed in conjunction with the eCorder iteself, the PhISM (Physically-Inspired Sound Modelling) synthesizer emulates a resonant tube interacting nonlinearly with a stream of air, rather than playing back samples or oscillators, thus allowing it to capture the subtleties of your breath and articulation. For example, it can emulate a contra-bass recorder ‘chiff’ when tongued sharply, or the shrill overblowing of a soprano. It’s very flexibly configurable as to how the frequency changes with breath pressure, how much breath noise is mixed in, how bright the sound is and how the timbre changes with breath, and how resonant the tube is.

     It's also available as a software plug-in module, so even if you're not a recorder player, you can use it with any other controller.

Alpha version of ZaeroDyne
Alpha version of ZaeroDyne

 

 

What do I Get

Each Full Beta backer will receive: Beta version of the eCorder and full Beta version of the ZaeroDyne software synthesizer plug-in and patch editor. 

All backers will receive early access to the software-synth plug-in version of ZaeroDyne.

An Analog-Control-Voltage cable is available as an optional accessory.

Website: www.cantux.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CantuxResearch

About Us

 

Michael Shonle, CTO, Cantux Research
Michael Shonle, CTO, Cantux Research

 

Emily O'Brien, Recorder Professional
Emily O'Brien, Recorder Professional

 

Amit Shoham, High-Powered Engineer & Musician
Amit Shoham, High-Powered Engineer & Musician

  

Robert "RBJ" Bristow Johnson, DSP Guru
Robert "RBJ" Bristow Johnson, DSP Guru

 

FAQs

How is it different than other wind controllers / synthesizers?

  • The eCorder specifically targets recorder players
  • Ultra-fast breath response
  • Built-in Physical-modelling synthesizer -- no other hardware or software needed.
  • Ultra-low latency -- sub-millisecond for the on-board synthesizer.
  • Analog Control-Voltage (CV) outputs
  • Flexible MIDI and signal routing.
  • Conveniently lighter and smaller size is easier to transport and play.

What about using with other synthesizers?

It has standard MIDI and USB MIDI outputs, so it will work with any hardware or software synthesizer.

What about Analog Synthesizers?

The MIDI port can be configured to output four analog CV’s instead, so can be used with analog synthesizers as well.

What about other controllers?

The ZaeroDyne synthesizer is also available as a Mac/Windows soft-synth plug-in, so it can work with a wide variety of controllers, including the EWI-USB, the Roli(r) Seaboard. It’s designed to work with continuous breath input, though, so controllers that generate a continuous stream like the Roli will work better.

How is it different from other "electric" recorders?

Other "electric" recorders are actually Electro-acoustic recorders, which  are basically just recorders with microphones attached. Therefore, they always make an acoustic sound, and always at the physical pitch, so e.g. even if you pitch-shifted it down to contra-bass, you would still here the acoustic sound at the standard pitch as well. Also, it always makes a sound, so practicing silently is not possible. Also, it does not output MIDI or CV's for use with alternate synthesizers.

Why are you making so few?

Since it’s still the development phase, it’s possible that e.g. each PCB may require modifications or enhancements.

How will the Beta units be produced?

The bodies will be either 3D printed with nylon SLS or cast in urethane. The circuit board will sent out for fabrication. The sensor boards and cover panels will be hand-assembled.

Does it have a speaker? 

No, but it has a line / headphone output that can be used with headphones or a portable speaker or plugged into a sound system.

Risks and challenges

All of the key components, technologies, and software have already been incorporated into the 2 Alpha prototypes, which have been playing successfully for over 6 months.

Since it’s not a mass production, the risks are much lower, both for the mechanical as well as the electrical components. There are no mechanical parts that have tight tolerances, and no molds with long lead times, greatly reducing the risk of delays.

The biggest risk is that it will take longer than initially anticipated, for a very long list of reasons, including: a hard-to-find bug in the code, an error in the new PCB that requires a new spin, component availability issues, or adding more features.

Also, the physical appearance may not be completely flawless.

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    Interested in using the ZaeroDyne soft-synth with some other controller? Get 3 hours of support (in person or via video conferencing) in designing and configuring a sound just for you.

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    the Beta version of the eCorder.
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