Watch Percussa AudioCubes Controlling & Patching Cables in u-he ACE

So we've got pad, key, knob, button & fader-based MIDI controllers. But, have you ever thought of using 3D cubes to control your soft synths? Percussa's AudioCubes can do more than you might expect.  

In the video below, Mark Mosher uses MIDIBridge v3 by percussa to use their AudioCubes to manipulate controls and even cable routing in u-he brilliant ACE virtual analog synthesizer. 

We don't know if this makes AudioCubes the most intuitive way to control your software synths, but it certainly looks like the most tangible, innovative and quite frankly, futuristic, way to do so for now.

From the percussa website:

Mark Mosher beta tested the MIDIBridge v3 software update and was the first AudioCube power user to take advantage of the topology features in the update. Check out a super cool video below of this pioneering work, where he pairs the new MIDIBridge with U-HE's ACE synthesizer for super fast wireless patching :-)

As you know, our topology mode lets you send MIDI note trigger information as well distance data (MIDI CCs) at the same time for a network of up to 15 AudioCubes simultaneously.

In the video, you can see how Mark is able to patch U-HE's ACE virtual analog synthesizer on-the-fly using the AudioCubes. The location and orientation of the cubes determines which modules are patched together. Distance between cubes changes modulation depth.

Percussa AudioCubes patching u-he ACE synth.

In the second part of the video he uses distance between cubes to change patch connections. The CC values of the distance signal between the cubes changes the patch connections. No mouse required and much faster than patching using real cables :-)

Mark Mosher: "This video shows some of my early tests and ideas for leveraging these features by pairing AudioCubes with ACE. Of course these are baby steps for what is possible and these same techniques could be applied to other instruments - and even hardware instruments via MIDI or MIDI-to-CV."

Web: Percussa AudioCubes & u-he ACE

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