Yamaha BC3/Breath Controller - Practical Applications

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Yamaha BC3/Breath Controller - Practical Applications

Post by vanitypolice » Mon May 21, 2007 9:29 pm

I just picked up a yamaha breath controller - the BC3 - and I'm wondering, does anyone have any standard/intuitive modulation destinations for this?

I mainly program on a microwave xtk and although I'll be using the BC3 with a CME controller (because it has the breath controller input). Any good/creative destinations to control with the BC?
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Post by Alexx » Mon May 21, 2007 9:50 pm

The obvious thing is amplitude: set it up so that your synth is silent except when you blow (and press a key, obviously).
Add to this some filter cutoff mod so that it gets brighter the harder you blow.

Alternative is just any modulation which makes timbral changes so you can warp the timbre with both hands still free for playing/ pitch-bending etc..

I'm jealous - I want one of these, or a wind controller.

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Post by vanitypolice » Mon May 21, 2007 10:00 pm

yeah, i was pretty lucky. i saw a buy it now for $50.
I like the volume idea. will let you know how that turns out!!
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Post by OggeOJ » Wed Jul 18, 2007 1:03 pm

I use it for cutoff and resonance thingys mainly.
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Post by JSRockit » Wed Jul 18, 2007 2:36 pm

I just got a BC1 with my DX100 and just can't get into using it.
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Post by carbon111 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:35 am

Volume and cutoff work rather nicely. :)

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Post by carbon111 » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:26 pm

JSRockit wrote:I just got a BC1 with my DX100 and just can't get into using it.
I'm not suprised, that old thing is bulky and unweildly.

The BC3 in contrast is a tiny thing that sort of looks like a little headset mic.
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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:52 pm

This is pretty weird. On an old Phil Collins concert video (1985: No Jacket Required tour), you see Peter Robinson (Phil's touring keyboard player at the time) using (what looks like) a BCI controller during "In the Air Tonight." He was using it to re-create the vocoder parts. Is this a typical use? It did come real close in sound to what we hear on the classic recording. Can the thing be used to turn a synthesizer into a vocoder?
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Re: Yamaha BC3/Breath Controller - Practical Applications

Post by madtheory » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:35 pm

vanitypolice wrote:I'll be using the BC3 with a CME controller
Cool. Which CME controller will you be using? I'm planning to do the same thing.

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Post by madtheory » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:42 pm

MrFrodo wrote:This is pretty weird. On an old Phil Collins concert video (1985: No Jacket Required tour), you see Peter Robinson (Phil's touring keyboard player at the time) using (what looks like) a BCI controller during "In the Air Tonight."
Is this the performance you speak of?:


That really looks a headset mic, not a BC1. Video quality is not good enough to tell definitely tho.

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Post by MrFrodo » Thu Jul 19, 2007 6:48 pm

Wow thanks, Madtheory. I wouldn't have known to look for it on YouTube.

You're right; it does look kind of fuzzy. You could be right. And, Peter Robinson did have enough keyboards and synths in that rig that he could have a Roland VP-330, or the like in there somewhere.
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Post by madtheory » Thu Jul 19, 2007 7:04 pm

MrFrodo wrote:Roland VP-330
That's what was used on the album. A very popular live keyboard actually, so I would bet $1000 that's what they used for the tours. He uses a Nord these days.

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