LAZER is a unique laser-based music controller.
Thanks to its rich set of outputs, it can control external MIDI instruments and effects, analog synthesizers and virtual instruments in a DAW such as Ableton Live, Cubase or Logic. It also has an on-board lo-fi oscillator that can drive headphones (for live tracking) or be used as an audio source.
LAZER is completely standalone and does not require a computer. It is ideal for live jams!
The sensor measures the distance from the hand and transforms it into MIDI, analog and audio signals, according to user settings. Its 1mm (circa) resolution and the configurable range up to 50cm allow for precise control of sensitive parameters such as pitch and filter frequency.
LAZER does not require wearing any wearables and can be used in most light conditions with bare hands. It should however be avoided to point strong light sources directly to the sensor. Multiple LAZERs can be used simultaneously without interfering with each other.
Most importantly, it is a LOT of fun to use it, and it’s pretty cool too!
The OLED display allows to adjust the MIDI parameters to be controlled, their range, their direction and many other settings. The same MIDI messages are sent to the classic 5-poles DIN MIDI port (using the included adapter) and to the USB port. Analog signals are sent to the CV and gate outputs. For certain configurations, the analog ports are used as analog sync transmitters. There is also an audio output that produces a signal whose pitch varies with the hand distance. Parameters can be (soft) quantized.
There are 5 example presets included and 5 user-presets which make it very fast to recall a certain configuration..
Note on + continuous pitch
Sequencer start/stop + CC74
Sequencer start/stop + pitchbend
Sequencer start/stop + analog clock
Sequencer start/stop/tempo control + analog clock
TRS and USB-MIDI
A TRS-to-DIN 5 poles adapter is included.
In some configurations the GATE out provides an analog SYNC signal
“Lo-fi” reference tone, up to 5Vpp
Can be used directly with phones or as audio source.
User configurable, up to 50cm (19.7″)
5 ROM, 5 user defined
4x 3.15mm jack outputs
1x micro USB
5V via USB, typical 100mA (1A capable supply recommended)
80mm x 80mm x 20mm