Haken Audio Slim Continuum s46L6x

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Three-Dimensional MIDI Controller

  • Integrated freely programmable "EaganMatrix" sound generation
  • Can be used as a MIDI controller, MPE+ controller or stand-alone synthesizer
  • Polyphonic sliding sounds can be played dynamically with pressure and in a vertical position
  • The multi-gesture fingerboard simultaneously processes data on the X, Y and Z axes for one up to a maximum of 16 fingers
  • X axis (left-right) defines the pitch for each individual note
  • Available playing area of almost 4 octaves (46 semitones)
  • 2 Stereo audio outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • S/PDIF input/output: RCA
  • Connector for optional Continuum Voltage Converter: 3.5 mm jack
  • Midi-In: 3.5 mm jack
  • MIDI out: 3.5 mm jack
  • 2 Pedal inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Solid metal housing
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 77.7 x 20 x 3 cm
  • External power supply unit included (5V DC / 8A)
available since November 2020
Item number 492163
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Keys 46
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel No
Number of simultaneous Voices 32
Sound Engine Digital
MIDI interface MIDI In/Out
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects None
Arpeggiator No
Number of Analog Outputs 2
Digital Output Yes
Display Yes
Pitch Bend / Modulation 1
Rotary Encoder 0
Fader 0
Pads 0
MIDI Interface 1x In, 1x Out
Mains Operation 1
Pedal Connections 2
Dimensions 777 x 200 x 30 mm
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Awesome expressive synth
hiss backwards 31.12.2021
The synth is very powerful and open door to many different synth techniques. It can recreate any real instruments (strings, wind, percussion, bass, voices...) and it allows to build unique sound using standard and special oscillators (additive, modal, physical, granular...).
It comes with eagenmatrix application. It is like a synth interface program that resemble EMS Synthi A control matrix on steroids. It allows to use formulas to have a deep control of any parameters of the synth. The inputs to the formulas comes from MPE fingerboard. So it gives a high level of expressiveness to the generated sound.
The fingerboard can be used as MPE controller to another hardware or software synthesizer.
The synth can process audio. The audio input should be digital (spdif).
It is possible to use synth without computer but in order to have a deep control of the parameters or to create a patch from scratch it needs to be connected to eagenmatrix.
Unfortunately Continuum has no knobs, faders... So midi controller is a great addition to it but I wish there were few build-in faders/knobs.
Overall the synth is great for sound designer or experimental or academical music. It comes with many patches that I think is very important to study in order to learn the synth.
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Top quality and versatile expressive synth
peterabwilson 05.11.2021
The Haken Continuum is definitely an A-grade instrument. I've only scratched the surface of what's possible thus far, but I found the fingerboard to be immediately intuitive (albeit requiring practice). The synth engine is a bit less user-friendly at first glance, but is hugely versatile - and the preset sounds are stunning as a place to start.

My initial impression is that the fingerboard isn't particularly effective as a midi controller for 3rd party VSTs. So you would buy this fingerboard for its synth engine and sound design capabilities, rather than as a MIDI controller for orchestral (etc) instruments.

It is WAY more expensive than similar fingerboards, so is definitely an investment.
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