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The CVC is a high resolution MIDI/control voltage converter to fully exploit the fast data rates and ranges of the Continuum. The Continuum Voltage Converter (CVC) generates control voltage signals that are perfectly suited for interfacing with analog synthesizer systems. The CVC allows for the polyphonic X,Y, and Z outputs of the Continuum to be converted into a total of sixteen continuous control voltages and gates. To achieve this the data output of the Continuum is connected directly to the CVC's data input, avoiding Midi altogether. The CVC is specifically made for the Continuum and will not work with any other device.
Ultra Fast Communications The CVC is built around i2c chips which communicate directly with the Continuum at 400kHz data rate. High Resolution Unprecedented pitch bend support of 8 octaves (96 half steps pitch) at full Continuum output resolution (1 cent), with 16 bit DA converters on all individual control voltage outputs. Output Filtering The Continuum updates parameters at a much higher rate than a standard keyboard. Finger pressure update rate is so fast that the updates can make an audible pitch on a standard Midi-CV, requiring external filtering. The CVC has been designed with this in mind, and as such requires no external filters for noise suppression. Midi Data Playback The CVC can output control signals originating from data fed to the Continuum's Midi input. This allows a Continuum performance to be captured and played back from a Midi sequencer into the CVC. Customizable Depending on your analog synthesizer, you will have particular preferences for voltage ranges of each output on your CVC. The CVC can switch between different voltage set ups at any time through special interaction with the Continuum playing surface or the Continuum Editor. The Continuum Editor also allows the creation of custom setups. Formulas Each of the CVC's 16 control voltage outputs has a user programmable formula. These formulae are derived from continuous input combinations of the four main performance parameters of a Continuum note: The Gate, the X (left to right), the Y (front to back), and the Z (up and down) values.
Bedienungsanleitung (engl.);http://www.cerlsoundgroup.org/Continuum/media/documents/CVCUserGuide.pdf;NAMM-Review (engl.);http://namm.harmony-central.com/WNAMM04/article/Haken/Continuum.html
Munich-born Lippold Haken started working on the Continuum Fingerboard in the early 1980s as he obtained his Ph.D. in Electric Engineering at University of Illinois. A decade later he teamed up with Edmund Eagan to develop built-in sounds that are specifically designed for the Continuum’s three-dimensional playing surface.