The Smart Controller Workbench

Fraietta, Angelo

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

The Smart Controller is a portable hardware device that responds to input control voltage, OSC, and MIDI messages; producing output control voltage, OSC, and MIDI messages (depending upon the loaded custom patch). The Smart Controller is a stand alone device; a powerful, reliable, and compact instrument capable of reducing the number of electronic modules required in a live performance or installation, particularly the requirement of a laptop computer. More powerful, however, is the Smart Controller Workbench, a complete interactive development environment. In addition to enabling the composer to create and debug their patches, the Smart Controller Workbench accurately simulates the behaviour of the hardware, and functions as an incircuit debugger that enables the performer to remotely monitor, modify, and tune patches running in an installation without the requirement of stopping or interrupting the live performance.