timeFrogII

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The timeFrogII is a tool in the midway between the MIDI controller and the MIDI instrument. The purpose is to allow the user to sculpt command messages sent to MIDI hardware and software.

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Overview

The timeFrog II is a powerful and flexible MIDI device dedicated to music computer and MIDI applications.

The spin/inertial sensor provides a totally new kind of control surface, which opens new way for playing with parameters.

The 8 endless encoders,potentiometers and 6 buttons form a functional and compact device.

Premier exemplaire de la série timeFrogII


It can transmit and receive MIDI messages, offering endless possibilities for use of hardware and software that support MIDI, such Ableton Live, Max/MSP, Native Instruments Traktor and so much more.

A spin what for?

The spin allow the user to change a parameter with another feeling than a simple potentiometer:

  • large amplitude movement for a small variation.
  • control of the increment of the variation.
  • the spin can be launched and stopped, the variation stay under control using the increment parameter.
  • the spin can be automated, with 2 parameters for time control: increment and speed.
  • the spin can play a note and change his velocity, while a rotary controls the note pitch.
  • the spin can be assigned on any rotary and use his MIDI mapping to change his value, while automated or not.
  • the spin can fight against embedded sequencer.

Modes

3 globals modes:

  • controler: 16 controls or notes, including spin's one, by 4 pages
  • keyboard: 7 notes directly tunable: pitch, velocity, including spin's one
  • 4 steps sequencer: 4x4 stepsx6voices

Concept

The main concept of the timeFrog is that all runs over a central MIDI memory. Each modes offers a different way to use it:

  • controler: direct control change & note sending
  • keyboard: note sending + pitch and velocity edition
  • sequencer: sequence of controls or notes

The MIDI mapping is the same for all modes,

that means that the pitch of a note used by the sequencer can be changed in keyboard mode.

that means that the sequencer can change the value of a control in controler mode

that means that the spin control can be changed in the sequencer (and reverse)

... and the user can take over automations at any time.

Features

Ergonomy

Aluminium design, 6x10", spin on ball bearing. Robust and travel friendly.

Led indicator for rotary position, LCD 16x2. Feedback and ergonomy were tought in terms of efficacity.

Integration

Computer: USB or DIN5P, Mac, Windows, Linux. The timeFrog is complient to USB MIDI devices class. No need of drivers nor proprietary softwares.

MIDI devices: DIN5P, need of external usb power adaptator

Open

The timeFrog is an open hardware plateform. The firmware stands under GPLv3 license. New functionnalities, new modes can be added, the whole device can be totally reprogrammed.

The possibilities of use are endless.

 


 

Hardware

  • Inertial surface control
    • position and speed messages
    • absolute and relative mode
    • 0-127 looping or 0-127 locked values
  • 8 endless ecoders with LED position display
  • 4 buttons soft touch
  • 2 buttons hard touch
  • 4 faders
  • MIDI in, thr, out
  • USB self powered
  • 260x160x50mm

Firmware

  • 1.0: controller/keyboard
  • 1.1: controller/4 steps sequencer
  • 1.2: controller/keyboard/4 step sequencer
  • 1.3 planned: 4 automates, arpegiattor editor

Videos

14/10/2012: firmware 1.3

19/08/2011: xUlA & the timeFrogs sequencer

26/07/2011: Richard Devine's accousmatic gestures

06/06/2011: Richard Devine's first look at timeFrog, spin as keyboard, spin & velocity, rythm, automation

25/05/2011: spin automation demo, Mekanik Kantatik

04/05/2011: 3 timeFrogs, 1 ableton Live, 1 UndeadXG

08/03/2011:  undeadXG synth driven by timeFrog's sequencer, Monsieur TuC

02/03/2011: IC session, MikMak

01/03/2011: Factory session, Zatsuon

03/01/2011:  crash test session, Miosine / Mentalo

Files

 


User manual firmware

Manual 1.2

Manual 1.31

Manual 1.32

1.25 1.26 1.27

1.31

1.32

 

 

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