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#1601388 - 01/20/11 12:03 PM Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one?  
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Looking for a breath controller with a mini piano style keyboard. Has anyone ever made one, currently or otherwise?


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#1601581 - 01/20/11 05:11 PM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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I'm pretty sure Yamaha has made several models - however they are uncommon outside of Japan or possibly Europe. I think the one Yamaha made is called "Pianica", and I have seen them in a variety of colours.

You can search for them at Yahoo Japan Auctions, but you possibly need to enter the Japanese name of both Yamaha and Pianica into the search box.

#1601812 - 01/20/11 11:33 PM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: gctKAZ]  
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check out Chicken Man playing a Pianica:
Chicken Man and Pianica

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#1601944 - 01/21/11 03:55 AM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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Looks like that's just an acoustic instrument. Looking for something like that which transmits MIDI.


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#1601953 - 01/21/11 04:37 AM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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..How about an Eigenharp?

http://www.eigenlabs.com/

Although not strictly a mini-piano keyboard, they're pretty damned cool!


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#1601960 - 01/21/11 05:02 AM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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Looks cool! But something with a mini-piano keyboard would be so "pick-up-and-play" for me. Nothing like this has been manufactured ever?


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#1601968 - 01/21/11 05:16 AM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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Yeah, I agree that a piano keyboard would be better, although I believe the buttons can be configured in a similar manner on the Eingenharp. All those buttons are soft-keys so they can be assigned to any pitch or function you so desire. Expensive though.

you got me looking around and I stumbled on this page, which discusses how to make a MIDI Melodica or similar device.

http://www.melodicas.com/melodica_is_a_wind_instrument_cr.htm



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#1601970 - 01/21/11 05:23 AM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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Try out these guys:

http://www.patchmanmusic.com/

Although you'd have to fix a solution together somehow. I reckon it actually wouldn't be too hard, however, the proof is in the making I guess.

It'd certainly enable a greater degree of expression from a MIDI module / keyboard / synth. ............... not to mention look bloody cool on stage!

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#1602161 - 01/21/11 12:55 PM Re: Breath Controller with Keyboard/MIDI Melodica: Is there one? [Re: Ellington]  
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My apologies for misunderstanding the requirements. It seems some of Yamaha's keytars starting from KX-1 support an external breath controller.


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