Superbooth 23: Bela Gliss touchstrip Eurorack control
Gliss is a simple and delightfully interactive strip of touch-based Eurorack control that could be ridiculously useful in your Eurorack.
I’m a long-time user of the excellent LS1 touch strip from Sound Machines. It’s a 4HP touch-strip of capacitive material that generates voltage and lets you control things. You can also record a few seconds of movement and use it as a looping modulator. Bela has taken this concept and pushed it into all sorts of creative places that’s got me really impressed.
There are at least two brilliant things in the Gliss, and probably many more, but what instantly appeals to me is the diverse selection of modes and the stunningly colourful visual feedback.
The list of modes is growing all the time. But as far as I can recall from my conversation with Bela at the show was that you start with basic forward and back voltage generation. Then you add in pressure sensitivity as another form of generation. Like with the LS1, you can record movement, but this will go up to a minute in length so really, it’s more automation than an LFO. You can split it into two separate modulators, you can transform it into a 5-button keyboard. You can scale it and offset it, trigger and modulate. Really useful stuff.
The visualisation is also excellent. Behind the panel are 24 RGB LEDs which shoot colour about the place following what you’re doing and what’s being recorded. The colours change for different modes so you always know what’s going on.
Gliss is simple, useful and almost ready to go. Bela is currently finalising the firmware before working up to release. Oh, the joy of uncomplicated things in an environment of complexity.