[sdiy] Silhouette Eins optical synthesizer

Ben Stuyts ben at stuyts.nl
Fri Sep 3 10:46:43 CEST 2021

The Ford Mustang Mach-E has an encoder on the screen also. But to me it looks kinda goofy. (Worst of both worlds?)


> On 2 Sep 2021, at 19:47, cheater cheater via Synth-diy <synth-diy at synth-diy.org> wrote:
> Very interesting new synthesizer. Several novel ideas that we could
> look at for synth DIY.
> The immediately coolest thing is using a screen as a front panel.
> Essentially the inventor stuck potentiometers to the front of a PC
> monitor. I considered doing something similar maybe 15 years ago but
> somehow I thought it wouldn't be "perfect enough". I guess Johannes
> Pit Przygodda is less held back by stupidity like that. The end result
> is very cool. I wonder if anyone else has tried that. The front panel
> can show the current setting of a knob (think LED rings) and you can
> reconfigure what knob does what parameter. Real cool. Perfect fusion
> of analog knobs, patch memory, and in-depth configurability.
> The second cool thing is the synthesis method. A camera scans the
> silhouette (hence name) of an item placed on a light table like you'd
> use for drawing (essentially it's an LCD screen always showing a
> full-white picture). I understand this then is used as an input to a
> wavetable synthesizer, but I'm not sure. The Synthtopia article
> mentions it might be like the Oramics Machine, but from looking at the
> video I believe it might be more like an Optigan.
> https://www.synthtopia.com/content/2021/08/31/new-silhouette-eins-synthesizer-blurs-the-line-between-sound-image-sneak-preview/
> The third cool thing is the haptic element of the video based
> synthesis method. The light table and objects placed upon it become a
> control surface, and that's very valuable.
> I feel like this will be returning in the future. Being able to place
> arbitrary objects on a control surface and to use them as a control
> interface and even element of the synthesis engine is a huge step
> forward from just having knobs, sliders, strings-with-rings, keys,
> buttons, and the like.
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