Potent13 | Buy (Reverb.com)
The Potent13 is a user-customizable, high-resolution, potentiometer-based MIDI controller with an analog feel. Play a software MIDI synth, and shape the sound with smooth, high-resolution control. Add knobs to a hardware MIDI synth for instant control of parameters otherwise hidden in menus.
Because each knob has a specific visible state, a musician need only look at the pointers on each knob and is freed from looking at a screen for visual feedback. The potentiometer positions are read at a 10-bit resolution, which is eight times higher than the ubiquitous 7-bit MIDI CCs. It is not uncommon to hear “stair stepping” when using 7-bit CCs, whereas 10-bit control yields a smooth, analog-like sonic experience.
A web browser based configuration tool enables the user to customize the MIDI messages generated by each control. Each knob is independently configurable to transmit MIDI messages of the following types: NRPN, CC, Pitch Bend, System Exclusive, and MIDI Clock with a variable tempo. The button toggles between on and off and can transmit MIDI messages of types: Start, Continue, Stop, Note On, Note Off, and System Exclusive.
- 13 knobs on 13 smooth single turn potentiometers.
- 1 light up button.
- 1 USB device port for MIDI and power. (USB cable included.)
- 1 in/out pair of MIDI DIN ports.
- Capable of transmitting NRPNs, CCs, Pitch Bend, System Exclusive, Clock, Start, Continue, Stop, Note On, and Note Off.
- Physical dimensions: 136 mm (5.35 in.) diameter, 60 mm (2.36 in.) tall.
The configuration tool can be accessed here and downloaded for offline use below.
The configuration tool must be used with a web browser that supports Web MIDI. Opera, Edge, and Chrome are some examples. A current list can be found at the bottom of this page. Also, if prompted by your web browser, be sure to allow access to your MIDI devices.
Potent Looper (buymeacoffee.com) A sample looping Pure Data patch made for use with the Potent13. (See video below.)