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(arches) by soundmachines, a tactile centerpiece for your modular/hybrid electronic music production and performance setup
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Blending inspiration, power and ease of use, we created the perfect evolution of the concept of tactile controller. Built on the foundation of our first class touch interfaces (LS1lightstrip and LP1lightplane), found today on thousands of eurorack systems around the world, we designed a beautiful work of art and technology.

(arches) put a never seen before set of controllers at your fingertips. Sliders, lightstrips (with rec/loop capabilities), lightplanes/thumbpads with z-axis sensitivity and a row of pressure sensitive buttons. Behind those state of the art touch controllers lies a high-speed microcontroller that joins the elements to create keyboards, sequencers, arpeggiators and, finally, your perfect performance setup. The following video sows just the basics in controlling modular synth, drums and entire voices:

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Soundmachines know-how in capacitive touch control surface is unparalleled in eurorack. With thousands of LS1lightstrips and LP1lightplanes in the market, is the name to consider when talking about reliable, simple and flawless touch CV generators/recorders. Following customer’s requests and nurturing interest for integrated, easy to use and alternative control interfaces, we came up with a series of ideas that adapted our robust technology to earlier concepts developed by the fathers of the modular synthesizers. The key target was the design and implementation of a carefully conceived product with the maximum attention to usability, highest possible degree of functionalities and an affordable pricing.

(arches) is a powerful user interface capable of interacting with many instruments and systems thanks to its 30+ CV/GATE outputs and full MIDI connectivity (DIN, USB and wireless MIDI over BLE):

Pressure sensitive buttons: Each of those buttons can be configured to ourput  GATE and CV signals or to be a part of an 8 buttons keyboard. Each buttons will output a pitch information and an overall 'pressure' information will be available to a separate CV out or midi #CC.

Sliders and Lightstrips: 12 slider-type elements can be configured either as indiviual elements (with configurable range, midi channel, quantization and CV standard) or grouped together in one of the many keyboard configurations (see below). You can assign each element to a couple of I/O jacks (CV and GATE)

Thumbpads/Lightplanes: Just under your thumbs lies a couple of sensitive three-dimensional surfaces (X-Y-Z) that are available as standard outputs all the time. They can also generate gate infomartion and 

Virtual Keyboards:

(arches) can create up to three concurrent independent keyboards, each one with its own set of outputs and its own arpeggiator. For each of the keyboards you can define the standard (eurorack, buchla, v/hz), the note associated with every ‘element’ and the MIDI channel. With this powerful modularity you can control up to three voices for melodic and rhythmic stuff, having the free lightplanes as a mean of modulating other parameters of your setup/patch. On top of this you have the layered functionalities that can run in parallel (one 8 step sequencer and one 8step, 5 track drum sequencer).

monophonic full keyboard: 12 elements 

 8 pressure sensitive buttons keyboard

 left hand, six elements keyboard

 right hand, six elements keyboard

 central 8 elements keyboard

12 keys polyphonic (three voices + expression) keybard.

 As in every product's life, the concept development, validation and prototyping is on e of the more demanding (and fun!) phases. We've come to kickstarter with a very advanced, 90% functional prototype, and we want to tell you how we arrived here.

One of the first sketches of the future (arches) (also called, for a little while, LB1lightboard):

 One of the first UI designs, with curved elements:

 Finally, the final shapes and dimensions got fixed, taking into account the best ergonomic practices.

From the technical drawing of the elements we designed the PCBs of the product. One of the first targets was the easy assembly and testng of the final product, to streamline the process of construction and processing.

And then.... the fun starts! Heavy coding and debugging is always the better part :)

Have a look at what ((arches)) is capable in the following few videos!

Jam session with the naked prototype. The ((arches)) controls modular synthesizers and drums:

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A modulör114 played with the ((arches)) 

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Drumming and playing eerie tones with the thumbpads:

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Dual melodies played with two of the keyboards.

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Bassline modulations:

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Risks and challenges

Although you never can tell what a production could hide in plain sight, we have a great reliability record and a long experience in bringing products to the market. As you have seen, (arches) prototypes are much more than ad idea or a rendering, they are fully functioning units with just a few details to be finalized in the production version and, obviously , an operating system to be enriched with all the shown functionalities. Feel free to ask us anything !

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