Synth Controller

Synth Controller

Synth Controller Overview

The Synth Controller is a highly specialized midicontroller allowing realtime edits on your favourite music synthesizer with 16 knobs. At the moment you dial a knob the Synth Controller sends the appropriate command to your synth which immediately changes it’s sound. Completely independent from software and computers.

The midicontroller will be plugged in between the midi sending device and your synth. It merges incoming midi data with it’s own parameter change commands and forwards both to your synthesizer. Means: you can perfectly fire your synth with midinotes while tweaking it’s sound with the synth controller – realtime.

The 16 dials of the Synth Controller are split in 3 color layers, each knob has printed up to 3 parameters under the knob. By pressing one of the 3 immluminated push buttons you select one of the layers. In consequence you got up tp 48 parameters in direct access.

The Synth Controller also got a built in translator converting incoming ordinary CC (‘Controller Change’) data into the complex Sysex commands. You can remote or automate your parameter changes using Midi-CC data. (Translator only present in editions using SysEx-data for parameter changes).

Synth Controller Features

  • Synthesizer eardware realtime editor
  • High quality and durable parts
  • Cute and tough steelcase Made in Germany
  • Potentiometers for direct access, (no endless encoders)
  • Diode to prevent damage by wrong polarity of PSU
  • Faceplate design suitable to the design of the target synth
  • Highly optimized, native firmware
  • firmware update through Midi-Sysex-Dump
  • Built in ‘CC / Sysex’-translator. Automate your synth with ordinary CC-data. (Only in editions using sysEx-data)
  • Dials with few value changes (e.g. LFO waveform) just send data if changes really happen. No sending of redundant data.
  • Handy ‘turn the pot but dont send data’-feature to prevent parameter jumps
  • ‘Bypass Mode’ letting pass all incoming data unprocessed and locking all pots against unintended changes
  • Learnt midi channel keeps stored on power down
  • Real, printed, 16 paged paper manual included
  • Available as DIY-kit or out-of-the-box

    Manuals

    Manual English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition Addenda

    Edition ‚SX-240‘ for Kawai SX-240 with Tauntek EPROM Addendum Deutsch V1.0 (PDF) / 03/2018

    Edition ‚Juno66‘ for OS 3.1 ab Tubbutec V 1.23 Addendum English V2.1 (PDF) / 10/2017

    Edition ’81Z‘ Addendum English V2.1 (PDF) / 02/2017

    Edition ‚JX-70‘ Addendum English V2.1 (PDF) / 01/2017

    Edition ‚8P‘ Addendum English V2.2 (PDF) / 01/2017

    Edition ‚M-80‘ for Roland MKS-80 Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 12/2016

    Edition ‚K4‘ for Kawai K4/K4rAddendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 12/2016

    Edition ‚Super Quart7‘ for Roland MKS-7 Addendum English V2.02 (PDF) / 09/2016

    Edition ‚Thet4‘ for DSI TETRA Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 07/2016

    Edition ‚ESQ8‘ Addendum English V1.0 (PDF) / 11/2016

    Edition ‚ProVessorS‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 03/2016

    Edition ‚1016R‘ Addendum English V2.1 (PDF) / 02/2016

    Edition ‚QFeld‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition ‚Mirco‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition ‚Microwave‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition ‚Puls‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition ‚SixTweak‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016

    Edition ‚Spectral‘ Addendum English V2.0 (PDF) / 01/2016


    DIY-manuals

    Building instructions English V1.5 (PDF)

    Sticking faceplates onto the case English V1.1 (PDF)


    Faceplates for personal printout

    You’d like to check out another edition? Here you’ll get the suitable faceplate. You can just put it aside your controller for overviewing the parameters or you cut out the holes and glue it temporarily onto your old faceplate.

    Faceplate JX70

    Faceplate M-80

    Faceplate K4

    Faceplate Super Quart7

    Faceplate Thet4

    Faceplate Juno66 ab OS 3.1

    Faceplate G8-P

    Faceplate ESQ8

    Faceplate ProVessorS

    Faceplate 81Z

    Faceplate Six Tweak

    Faceplate Tubbutec SH1oh1

    Faceplate Tubbutec Juno66 bis OS 3.1

    Faceplate Microwave for Waldorf Microwave

    Faceplate Microwave 2 for Waldorf Microwave 2

    Faceplate 1016r for Oberheim Matrix 1000 / 6 / 6r

    Faceplate 8P for Roland JX-8P

    Faceplate AlphaJ for Roland Alpha Juno 1 / 2 / MKS-50

    Faceplate K1 for Kawai K1-Familie

    Faceplate K3 for Kawai K3 / K3m

    Faceplate Mirco for Alesis Micron / Akai Miniak

    Faceplate Puls for Waldorf Pulse

    Faceplate Qfeld for Waldorf Blofeld / Q / microQ

    Faceplate Revolver for DSI Evolver


    Firmware files

    Here you can download the Midi Sysex Firmware Dumps for the Stereoping Synth Controller. You can try out other editions if you like, each Firmware can safely be dumped into any edition. Please check the manual how to update the firmware.

    Firmware Edition ‚SX240‘ for Kawai SX-240 with Tauntek EPROM V0.93 / 03.2018

    Firmware Edition ‚Thet4‘ for DSI TETRA V3.4 / 07.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚M-80‘ V3.21 for Roland MKS-80 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚1016r‘ V3.2 for Oberheim Matrix1000 & Matrix 6/6r with gligli EEPROM Version 1.16 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚K4‘ V3.1 for Kawai K4/K4r / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚G8-P‘ V3.2 for Roland GP-8 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Microwave‘ V3.1 for Waldorf Microwave, V3.1 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Alpha‘ V3.1 for Roland Alpha Juno 1/2 und MKS-50 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚8000‘ V3.1 for Korg DW-8000 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚K1‘ V3.1 for Kawai K1 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚K3‘ V3.1 for Kawai K3 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚8P‘ V3.2 for Roland JX-8P / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Microwave2‘ V3.1 for Waldorf Microwave II / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚JX-70‘ for Roland MKS-70 & JX-10 V3.2 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ’81Z‘ for Yamaha TX-81Z, V3.21 / 05.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Juno66 ab Tubbutec OS 1.23‘ V3.2 / 03.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚SH1oh1‘ V3.2 / 03.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Puls‘ for Waldorf Pulse 1, V3.2 / 03.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚SixTweak‘ for SCI Six Trak, V3.2 / 03.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Qfeld‘ for Waldorf Blofeld / Q / microQ, V3.2 / 03.2017

    Firmware Edition ‚Super Quart7‘ for Roland MKS-7 Super Quartet / 09.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Juno66 ab Tubbutec OS 1.23‘ V3.1 / 06.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚SH1oh1‘ V3.1 / 06.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚SixTweak‘ for SCI Six Trak, V3.1 / 05.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚ESQ8‘ for Ensoniq ESQ/SQ80 V0.6 / 03.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚ProVessorS‘ for ProphetVS (Version ‚auto‘, siehe Addendum) V3.0 / 03.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚ProVessorS‘ for ProphetVS (Version ‚manual‘, siehe Addendum) V3.0 / 03.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Tubbutec SH1oh1‘, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Juno66 vor Tubbutec OS 1.23‘, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Mirco‘ for Alesis Micron & Akai Miniak, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Puls‘ for Waldorf Pulse 1, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Qfeld‘ for Waldorf Blofeld / Q / microQ, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Firmware Edition ‚Revolver‘ for DSI Evolver, V3.0 / 02.2016

    Changelog

    • 03/2018 – New edition ‚SX240‘ for Kawai SX-240 with Tauntek EPROM
    • 05/2017 – Update for Editions 1016R, 8P, 8000, G8P, K1, K3, K4, Alpha, Microwave 1&2, JX70 und M-80 – bugfix:CC translation now only on basechannel, CCs on other midichannels are passed thru
    • 07/2017 – Update ‘Thet4’ auf V3.4 – bugfix:VCA Env Sustain knob sent VCF Env Sustain
    • 05/2017 – Update ’81Z’ to V3.21 – bugfixes:CC translation now only on basechannel, KVS of OP4 now working
    • 02/2017 – Update ’81Z’ to V3.1 – additional parameters like LFO DELAY, pitch envelope for DX11 and more
    • 01/2017 – Bugfix for ‘M-80’ to V3.2 – many issues of V3.0 fixed. This firmware was used for the demovideo
    • 12/2016 – Bugfix for ‘1016R’ to V3.1 – wrong values in extreme positions of DCO1 LFO1 pitch, DCO2 LFO2 PW, ENV 1 VCF Amnt and Env 3 FM Amnt
    • 12/2016 – New editions ‘K4’ for Kawai K4/K4r and ‘M-80’ for Roland MKS-80
    • 07/2016 – New Edition ‘Super Quart7’ for Roland MKS-7 Super Quartet
    • 07/2016 – New Edition ‘Thet4’ for DSI TETRA
    • 06/2016 – Updated ‘Juno66’ to V3.1 to supply the 3 new parameters introduced in Tubbutec OS V1.23
    • 06/2016 – Updated ‘1oh1’ to V3.1: Bugfix. CC# for remoting the SH101 are not passed through
    • 06/2016 – New Edition ‘JX-70’ for MKS-70 und JX-10
    • 05/2016 – SixTweak to V3.1 – passes all CC thru to the SixTrak for external Midi-Modulation
    • 05/2016 – New edition ‘G8-P’ for Roland GP-8
    • 03/2016 – ESQ8 from Beta to V0.6 – ‘All notes off’ now working
    • 02/2016 – all Firmwares now at V3.0. All channels, realtime- and Sysex-Data will be passed through, no filtering anymore. Bugfix: after receiving an aftertouch-event pot-tweaking did not send data until any other event came in.
    • 02/2016 – 1016R to 3.0: Bugfix. Init#Patch function did not work
    • 08/2015 – Microwave to V1.9: Bugfix. All Midichannels above Channel 1 were blocked
    • 03/2015 – AlphaJ to V1.44: Bugfix. Midichannel for Chord Memory select and ‘Mono/Poly/Chord’ was not learable and always kept on channel 1
    • 03/2015 – AlphaJ to V1.43: Bugfix. Range for all envelope levels now 0-127. Recent versions ranged 0-32
    • 02/2015 – 81Z to V1.41: data is sent even slightly slower to prevent the TX81Z’s ‘Midibuffer full’. This version was used for the video Demo-Video
    • 02/2015 – AlphaJ to V1.42: ‘Mono/Poly’ offers selection of the 3 patch settings ‘Mono/Poly/Chord’ on the MKS-50 (no function on Alpha Juno). The empty green knob between ‘VFC LFO’ and ‘VCF AFTR’ now allows the selction of one of the 16 Patch Chord Memory Presets (not supported by Alpha Juno). This parameter can be controlled by CC No 49. PORTAMENTO now not only changes the Portamento-Time but also turns it On (Times>0) and Off (leftmost position)
    • 12/2014 – 1006r to V1.4: mididata filter now lets pass mididata on all midichannels to allow guitar mode
    • 12/2014 – 8000 to V1.4: Midiclock now passes through for external syncing of arpeggiator
    • 11/2014 – Microwave to V1.5: Bugfixes CC/SysEx-Translator and Bypass/Filtering of Midichannels > 1
    • 08/2014 – all Editions to 1.3: resolution of some parameters while turning a knob now correspond the resolution of the synths parameter. Some values were skipped in prior versions.
    • 08/2014 – 1006R to V1.3: Matrix 6/6r now supported. Further noticable optimisation of problemativ parameters

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does the Synth Controller allow to hold more than on edition at a time? Can i switch between multiple editions somehow? Can the Controller used universally with multiple synths?
    No, the hardware of the Synth Controllers offers room for exactly one edition at a time. It is not an universal controller for multiple synths at the same time.

    Can i dump the 1016r-edition firmware into my Synth Controller in Microwave edition?
    Sure. The hardware of the Synth Controller is compatible with all firmwares. It also does not matter whether it’s the DIY-kit or the assembled version. Btw, if you jump over to ‘Manuals’ you can download PDFs for printout of all faceplates.

    Can i make editions or templates on my own?
    No, we dont offer a tool to make editions on your own.

    How can i dump another edition into the Synth Controller?
    The steps for the firmware update are described in the manual.

    Does the Matrix-Edition allow tweaking all parameters of the Matrix 1000/6 including the modulations matrix?
    No, the Synth Controller just offers the 40 most important parameters, including ‘Unison Detune’ introduced in the Matrix1000 OS Version 1.16. For modulation matrix edits to make sense, the controller would (among others) need a display. Take a look on our Synth Programmer offering convenient access to all parameters , including the mod matrix.

    Does the 81Z edition also work with the Yamaha DX-11 / DX-100?
    Yes, according to customers the 81Z edition works well with the DX11 and also DX100. There might be parameters on the DX-100 which the 81Z does not offer. These wont be supported then.

    No edition for the Yamaha DX-7?
    No, for a reason. FM-Synthesis is so complex – a simple controllerbox with 16 pots would not do the job. A focused editing would not be possible, it would be more kind of gambling. But we already plan to build a special FM midicontroller for the Yamaha FM family.

    Why is there no edition for the Crumar bit 01 / bit 99?
    The bit is a really nice sounding synth but it’s midi capabilities are … well, rudimentary. It does not offer single parameter changes. If you want to change something you have to dump the whole patch into the bit. This would not be a problem as there are quite few parameters. The problem is: the Synth Controller has no idea about all the other parameter’s values if it wants to change one of them. A midicontroller for such tasks needs a bi-directional midi-interface to allow non-destructive edits. That’s the reason why it does not make much sense trying to build an edition for the crumar. Maybe one day there will come an edition for the bigger Synth Programmer which in fact has such a bi-directional midi interface.

    How long will it take to assemble the Synth-Controller DIY kit?
    About 30-60 Minuten – depending on your skils and how much time you take.

    Where to get

    You can get the Synth Controller directly in the Stereoping-Shop or from one of the following distributors:

    USA: Retro Gear Shop, Naples/Florida
    Kanada / USA: TechnoSynth, Montreal City/Qc.
    Italy: Scolopendra, Bologna
    Belgium: Turnlab