Live Electronics Hardware

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14 April 2006

A suggestion for a family of hardware devices for performing works with live electronics. These devices do not exist and are probably not financially feasible for a manufacturer.

An emphasis has been placed on ease of use, reliability and durability. Separating different functions into different devices increases flexibility and simplicity whilst keeping costs low for the user.

In all cases, the use of multiple units simultaneously must be supported.

Fader Box with Buttons

Six faders and six buttons (with inset LEDs) in a small and tough enclosure. Transmits data wirelessly.


A wireless stopwatch that operates in two modes: #Stopwatch mode, with LCD display, start, stop and reset buttons; and #Metronome mode, with headphone output for click and LCD for bar and beat numbers.

Multiple stopwatches will be synchronised (i.e. start one stopwatch, all start) and the metronome click will be synthesised in the stopwatch itself.

Pedal Board

A generic pedal board with four footswitches (each operating either as toggle or momentary switch with status LED) and two expression pedals. This device could also feature the Cue System described below.

Cue Pedal System

A programme device with two foot pedals (previous and next cue) for navigating through a set of cues, and a LCD display showing current cue. Fully programmable from a computer, a number of MIDI and OSC messages can be set for each cue. Retains memory, so once cue messages have been stored, it can be transported without a computer. Two MIDI outs and an Ethernet socket for OSC communication.

Wireless Sensor & Audio Interface

Wearable on the belt, or can clip onto a microphone stand for static positioning of microphones and sensors, this interface will transmit wireless audio (two microphones) and wireless sensor data (OSC) to a computer. A selection of standard sensors will be available for the acquisition of physical performance data for all common instruments and the body (for example a set of wearable sensors, and a set of sensors to capture trombone slide position or violin bowing activity etc.).

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