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    Roland D beam.

    In the market for a new midi controller is roon. Checking roland a 88.

    All the features are meat and potatoes functions mostly, except the d beam controller. Any1 know what that does?
    Reminds me of JMJ playing laser midi triggers.
    Is it gimmicky? Stupid? Or usable like a ribbon controller?

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    Hi Roon,

    I have a XV88 with DBeam. It's a proximity sensor and you can assign it to whatever parameter you want. The closer you get, the maximum value it gets. It works well as intended but i never used it in a real situation. Just for fun :P

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    Think of it a bit like a Theramin. The closer your hand gets to the badger's arse (q.v.) the higher the MIDI control value.

    Fun, as pgs says, but not very accurate.

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    LOL!
    fun and accurate are probably subjective terms in regards to your ¨arse¨ badge......

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    Not, in this case, my arse...

    Quote Originally Posted by r00n View Post
    Man its hard to come up with an original thought these days . There is always some bright spark that has come before ( truth beknown i was simply making refernce to an age old AP joke)

    Ok back to the drawing board. Blue prints at the ready. Now lets see. I like electronic instrments . And i like badgers. So... The obvious conlusion is to design the worlds first theramin badger. Whats that i hear you say? Already been done? Well bugger me.
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=bSnZzlFwUC8

    See thread on amusing and unusual instruments.

    My bad... I should've said a badger's arse not the badger's arse.

    Last time I checked I haven't got a theramin shoved up my jacksie. The only special effect you can get from waving your arms about next to my furry butt is the warm breath of a fruity fart across your wrists.

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    badger if i had any more reputation to give i would give you all of it....

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    Back to the D-Beam. A friend of mine picked up a Roland Fantom X7 for £350 recently. It doesn't have the weighted keys you probably want Roon but is one hell of an instrument for that sort of money. It has a D-Beam. He doesn't use it. He does use all the other stuff like the excellent piano sound and the handy drum pads.

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    I find that badgermin really amusing. I want to make a wallabymin. No , ive an even better idea. A dobermin,......
    Jokes aside,
    Thanks to all. I am all Out of reputation to give u.
    I am proud owner of A88 from roland now, as 88 weighted keys an essential selection criteria, and i needed one that didn't feel like i was driving Barbie dolls camper-van.
    D beam seems pretty stupid unless modelling a theremin so i don't think ill be using that so frequently, or maybe i might. Im starting to love the sound of theremin. LOL long live charlie draper...I insist, The greatest thereminist in the entire world.
    Last edited by r00n; 06-06-2013 at 09:36 PM.

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    i have never heard of charlie draper.. i will have to check him out!
    the theremin does sound unlike any other instrument on the planet.. a true analog singing instrument (synth?)

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    Ok so a88 arrived today.
    I distinctly asked the salesperson...
    "Does it have ac power and a midi chord? I Need a 10 foot midi chord?"
    I asked the same q 4 times and 4 different ways ... And always got the answer yes.it has a midi chord and ac power
    Guess what......
    No midi chord....
    No ac power....
    Just usb midi and power
    Do ppl not use midi chords anymore and just run everything from the usb? Would there have been anyway to confuse what i requested?

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