The Lightstorm Eurorack Case integrates voltage-controlled LED lighting made possible by the Lightstorm Module, bringing creative lighting into the synthesizer workflow. The module goes beyond audio-reactive effects. Now any control voltage - LFOs, envelopes, sequencers - can control full-spectrum LED lighting.
The Lightstorm Module aims to bring simple and comprehensive control of LED lights in 10hp. The module has a port for LEDs plug in on both the front and the back that fits the standard 3-wire LED connector.
The module generates moving and colorful visuals that are voltage controlled. The controls consist of six parameters: pattern, speed, color, saturation, brightness and trigger.
The pattern parameter will fluidly transition between the five patterns, which are each a different of set stylized shapes and movements. Each pattern has unique modifiers controlled by the speed parameter and trigger input.
The color parameter selects two colors from a color palette that are applied to whatever pattern is selected. The colors are then affected by the saturation and brightness parameters.
The Lightstorm Module Package comes with an LED strip that has 72 addressable LEDs inside a metal casing with semi transparent plastic that diffuses the light of the LEDs. It has a minimalistic design making it easy to incorporate in a live show or in a studio.
The Eurorack Case
The Lightstorm Eurorack Case is an 84hp 6U case made out of frosted acrylic with built in LED lights. The case has a 30w power supply for the modules and a separate power supply for the LEDs so that they can’t add any noise to power for the modules. The case is designed for live performance. When performing with the case lying flat, the ergonomic angle allows the audience to see the performer work the modules while playing comfortably. The case can also stand upright making for a more traditional stuido setup of a Eurorack.
The two main reward we have are the Lightstorm Module Package and the Lightstorm Eurorack Case Package. We are having a special on these two packages until the end of our campaign!
We also offer a reward for Just The Lightstorm Module. This package is ideal if you already have some WS2812 LEDs and a way to power them. The module is programed to use WS2812 LEDs by default, but it can be reprogramed to control any 3-wire type of LEDs.
Another one of our rewards is the Extra LED Strip. This package comes with and extra LED strip, LED power supply, a 9.8ft LED extension cable and an LED cable splitter. The LED cable splitter will allow you to have two LED strips run the same visuals of off one module. We made this reward because its the simplest way to add more LEDs to The Lightstorm Module Package.
We use Arduino
The Lightstorm Module uses a Teensy 3.2 micro controller that runs a custom program written in Arduino. We will be providing the source code for the module so that you can customize it to do whatever you want. All thats required is the Arduino IDE and Teensyduino.
One of the things that can be customized about the module is the number of LEDs it controls. By default it can control 72 LEDs, but you can change that in the source code and our visuals will automatically adapt to any number of LEDs.
We plan to make programs with new styles of visuals for the LED strip and for other forms of WS2812 LEDs that can simply be uploaded to the Lightstrom Module. We will also make a beginners tutorial on how to upload these programs to the module, How to modify the number of LEDs the module controls and other ways to customize the module's software.
What's going to change
The knobs that you see in pictures of the Lightstorm Module are not going to be the final knobs. We have not settled on a single knob yet because we are still trying out various styles for the best look and feel.
Quite recently we have decided to change the LEDs inside the case from a ring shape to a rounded rectangle shape. This shape will distribute the light more evenly around the outside surface of the case while still preserving the circular motion of the patterns.
What we're working on
The main thing that we want to expand is our software. We've been so focused on getting the Lightstorm hardware ready that we haven't had as much time as we'd like to focus on the diversity of styles the Lightstorm can generate. We would like to have multiple upload-able programs so that people can select from genres of lighting styles. We will also make tutorials that show how to upload programs to the Lightstorm. We may also create a library of tools for Arduino to make it easier for people to make their own lighting styles.
We are also trying to make the module and case more manufacturable so that we can offer them at a lower price. Currently the case and module are handmade. To make the case we cut the parts on our own CNC machine and then assemble it. The next simplification of this process is to use a bigger CNC machine so that we can cut the parts for many cases at once. Our next step for the module is to convert it to SMT. Then the module can be produced by machines, which would lower the cost in both components used and time spent building them.
Strange Electronic is one of the leading innovators in music performance technology. Henry Strange, founder of Strange Electronic, started the company with the goal of improving the artist's user experience in creating audio and visual performances. Strange Electronic's legacy includes custom LED lit midi controllers, software that allows you to control DMX lights with Midi and the Strange Attractor, a midi controllable light up laptop case. These concepts have lead to the Lightstorm which will be Strange Electronics first lighting product available to the public.
Strange Electronic’s inventions have also provided control of music playback and live sound effects. Their software Setlist simplifies the playback system, allowing the DJ, band or playback operator to control the songs easily, minimizing the margin of error during a live show. Setlist was created out of Henry's experience as Music Director, Programmer and DJ on tours with Drake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Dead and Company, and many more.
Risks and challenges
We have manufacturing lined up but it will require some re-engineering to reach the consumer ready status. If we don't get it ready in time to deliver we will simply hand build the full functional version we have already to those who have pre-ordered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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