Łukasz Martynowicz Posted March 19, 2014 Share Posted March 19, 2014 I would look at it from a different direction. If you make the standard construction such that the different button-containing end plates can be constructed independently and simply attached into/onto an unvarying "core", then If someone wants a Hayden, attach the Hayden ends and ship it. If someone wants an English, attach the English ends and ship it. Etc. And if someone wants two or more layouts, all that's necessary is to include each set of ends. That is exactly what I meant by "in form of detachable electronic keyboards". Furthermore, you don't have to make whole endplates or drill holes in pre-cast ones (casting isn't realy an option, as it requires large runs to be economicaly efficient) - you can just design an endplate with replaceable insert. Apart from englishes, all (?) other systems use handstrap/handrest construction and only Dipper custom uses long three rows layout, so they would all fit in some well defined area. As to making instruments symetrical in terms of button number: for technical reasons I'm assuming a 64 button "poll" to divide. With 64 button duets you will want (at least I would) to have a slightly more buttons on the right hand side. That defines a split of the poll between sides, wich is then fixed for any other keyboard, as some wires must go through the bellows and this cannot be overcome by interchangeable endplates inserts. Apart from that, any layout could use this poll to the maximum of (example split) 30 buttons left, 34 buttons right. One thought though: with MIDI, if the instrument is built as single chanel only, there is less point for large overlap as you won't get more sound from playing same note on two buttons… And many DAV programs don't support multiple channel MIDI recording. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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