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standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby yaron » 06 Dec 2018, 02:33

I've been looking into having a studio setup in which I would have a controller keyboard (Arturia KeyLab 88) under my desk, with just the actual keys sticking out, and then also have a pitch stick (not wheel) as a separate piece of hardware, on the actual desk. I've been a Nord user for many years, and so I would absolutely LOVE for this standalone pitch controller to be a Nord pitch stick. Has anyone had any experience with such a setup, or know whether it would be possible? Can they be bought separately, and is the wiring/programming etc. fairly straightforward?

If anyone has any other ideas, I'm open to alternatives to the actual Nord stick, so long as the setup is essentially similar -- a separate hardware horizontal-axis pitch stick or touch ribbon (but not pitch wheel) that can sit on my desk.

Many thanks!
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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby Bjosko » 06 Dec 2018, 08:06

Not exactly like a Nord Pitch stick, but this one are getting good reviews. The video starting out with playing on it, but later on it are also shown as pitchstick or modulation controller.

Watch on youtube.com
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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby skipgilles » 06 Dec 2018, 11:23

I was about to post the same question. Next to my lead A1 (or actually alternating with it), I also play a prophet rev2. This is also a very cool synth, but it has a "normal" pitch wheel. I really can't play with that.

The heavy spring-loadedness of the nord pitch stick, as well as the fact that it moves in the intuitive direction for a piano player (lower to the left, not down) makes it sooooo much more useful.

So, this is only a like for the question!
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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby yaron » 06 Dec 2018, 16:43

So I had actually heard about the Touché, and it looks incredible, but it's a bit of an overkill in terms of what I'm looking for.

Someone sent me this the other day:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExGMMumWFdc
but I'm not sure how comfortable it would be on a desk (it was initially designed to be used with digital harmonicas)
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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby AdamStage2 » 06 Dec 2018, 20:39

Clavia gave some Awards to some of its shop sales employees in the US,which was a small section of a Nord Case with the Pitchstick/Wheel inside

This could be the type of thing the OP is looking for..whether you could modify it to work as an actual controller,????who knows....but still its a good starting point for a standalone device,and they look pretty cool :mrgreen:


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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby yaron » 07 Dec 2018, 12:06

interesting!
I might actually write to them and ask for one. :D
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Re: standalone Nord pitch stick

Postby maxpiano » 07 Dec 2018, 12:13

The Nord Pitch Stock is patented and in the patent document here you can see how it is built and how it should be used in a circuit, I guess you could buy one as a spare part (not cheap!) then you need to build the circuit with the electronics to read it and generate MIDI messages (as AdamStage2 also suggested) and of course a small case.

But maybe at the end of the day, for a studio setup which includes a computer, it is easier/cheaper to buy something like a Korg Nanopad and map its XY Touchpad to PB (or a small USB keyboard with ribbon PB/MW).
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