Amidst a bumper crop of new, multi-dimensional hardware, it’s a wonderful time for the expressive controller. But Eowave’s unique boutique instrument is one in the classic mold: a long, touch-sensitive strip that can act as a synth or controller. It’s now updated in a new model called the Ribbon 2.

The ability to work standalone as an instrument or as a controller set the Ribbon 2 apart – and for a small-batch device of this variety, its asking price of 269€ (less before VAT) is eminently reasonable, the sort of money you’d easily blow on a second-rate MIDI keyboard.

In the package:

  • Position and pressure sensitivity
  • 12-bit synth onboard
  • Acts as a controller over CV/gate, or USB (no MIDI DIN, though)
  • A new software editor, which lets you set 9 oscillator sources, LFO and FM modulation and delay and downsampling effects
  • 16 preset slots, on-the-fly recall and save via buttons

ribbon2

The presets and editor are all new.

Here’s a look at the editor:

Ribbon Editor

You can grab the full manual, firmware, and a Max patch for the editor at:
http://eowave.com/members/Ribbon%20mk2/

And the Ribbon 2 is on the Eowave site:

http://www.eowave.com/synthesizers/ribbon-2/

We look forward to more from these oddball innovators.

  • DJ Hombre

    This maybe what DJ Fong Fong refers to as the sliderkut. He uses this instead of a turntable for scratching … Very cool;

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  • StanleyBrothers

    It seems if you have a pitch CV port on your synth it should be pretty easy to control the pitch slide linearly using CV. How does it work over USB though? Does this work by adjusting the pitchbend value of a synth when you are using it as a USB midi controller? If so how does one set the pitchbend semi tone ratio on the controller?

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  • Joe Keating

    I guess it has the same problems as the first version I own:
    The USB plug on the end first loves to slip out and there is no easy way to lock it and second sooner or later is getting loose and breaks, since if you use it even slightly more actively than lying glued to a desk forever the construction is made to break (not even to speak of you dropping it on the USB plug).
    The sensor on the left that usually controls the mod wheel is extremely dependent on the humidity of your fingers and pretty hard to get consistent modulation out of.
    Version 1 also was unable to use pressure as – believe it or not – pressure…
    I personally find it a very mixed offering and while it sure looks cool, it’s not really well thought out. I wouldn’t buy it again.
    Be sure to test it out before you commit.

  • joseph guisti

    I got one of these guys and they’re pretty sweet! It takes a second to get used to the sensitivity, and it’s not my favorite midi controller, but it works great for CV control and the 12 bit built in synth is the secret weapon with this thing. As a single voice run through my sub 37’s filter (using the sub 37 as a gigantic filter pedal, basically) it completely holds its own against the moog oscillator. Sounds far more “analog” than some analogs. Score 🙂