What is a breath controller?
In its simplest terms, a breath controller is a MIDI controller used to control synths, keyboards, and other sound sources with your breath.
It consists of a mouthpiece (like a whistle) that is connected to your sound module. By blowing into the breath controller, you convert the air pressure created by your breath into control data for your sound module.
Unlike wind controllers, breath controllers do not trigger notes. Basically they are meant to add articulation and expression to notes played on a sound module.
For example, if you're playing a violin sound from your sound module, you can use your breath controller to add expression, allowing you to play and sound more naturally.
Video: Audio Modeling SWAM Violin, Hornberg Research HB-1 breath controller and a Kurzweil PC3x
A little bit of history
The breath controller was already available for the legendary Yamaha DX-7. Because Yamaha used an analog output voltage, their BC series was only intended for Yamaha synthesizers with a special input jack.
Video: Yamaha DX7 with Yamaha BC1 Breath Controller
After the Yamaha BC-3
Due to the limited compatibility of the Yamaha BC-3, the MIDI Solutions Breath Controller was brought to the market. Basically, it's a breath-to-MIDI converter, greatly expanding the range of usage scenarios for the Yamaha BC-3.
Since Yamaha stopped producing their BC-3, a number of small manufacturers have jumped into the development of breath controllers.
The most notable from TEControl combine the Yamaha BC-3 with the MIDI converters from MIDI Solutions.
They also added bite sensors, calibration software and USB MIDI, expanding the number of use cases and playing dimensions.
That said, the development of breath controllers seems to have come to a standstill for the past decade. This has led to relatively high prices and a lack of adaptation to current technology.
But that is about to change….
The future wireless MIDI breath controller
It seems the right time to explore the future breath controller. Combining the current capabilities of wireless MIDI and expressive digital instruments, can possibly deliver a creative impulse to a new form of breath controller.
That is why Audio Modeling and CME have joined forces.
Audio Modeling has a vibrant community through its sound engines, expressive virtual instruments and live performance software such as SWAM and Camelot Pro.
The same goes for CME, with its connection to the world of wireless MIDI through WIDI Bluetooth MIDI and a legacy of keyboard knowledge through their Xkey series.
That sounds perfect, right?
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