12x6 Linnstrument/MPE Grid

That grid with the laser cut texture looks fantastic! maybe I missed something, but how is it attached to the Morph?

I would be OK with the 12 x 6 layout, but I would start on a low B rather than C. that allows scales in all modes with the same set of finger patterns. That’s how my Artiphon Instrument1 is set up.

it would be nice if the SenselApp allowed for arbitrary pitch distance, so a 13-step grid would be feasible.

Oh, and hello @rdorsche ! seems I can’t join any forum these days without you chasing after me. :slight_smile: Which sucks, of course, because you’re so much better on these instruments than I am.


I don’t believe it is attached.

The grid layout is a little smaller than the others pictured, and it looks to be sitting atop the Innovator’s Overlay. One could glue those together, if they’re feeling ambitious.

@mrspiral at this moment they aren’t attached. The smaller version sits on top of the innovators overlay and stays in its position quite well with normal playing. Normal double sided tape doesn’t work very well with silicone so i’m thinking about using more specialized tape like VHB or silicone tape by 3m for a semi permanent bond.

For the full size overlay I made top layers that could house magnets. Would be nice if Sensel could explain where to buy the right type or make them available for sale because opening another overlay just for the magnets is a bit too expensive.

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@ybr RE: the two-octave comment.
Have to be careful about our lingo here.
I was referring to having the pitch bend be two octaves, defined by your softsynth’s patch.
I was referring the the layout having 13 notes, referring to having a range of one full octave from left to right on the layout.
You can’t achieve an intended slide of any octaves without a full octave being present on the layout.
All of that said, I might have to make a 13-note layout.

BTW excellent job on sourcing the materials and getting a prototype going. Very ambitious, and it looks great!

@mrspiral waitaminute… are you saying the SenselApp does NOT allow for arbitrary pitch distance?
If that’s the case? limitation noted.

I’m gung-ho on making a 13 note layout now.
It doesn’t make sense to me musically to not have that available.
I just noticed their factory piano overlay… I just don’t get the C-to-B layout.
Otherwise this is a neat controller, truly.

I’m also wondering how many hardware synths I can bang out a programmer/controller for.
I’m looking at my JX8P for starters. If not in the Mrph itself? then at least using simple CCs to control a programmer VST as an intermediary from the Morph to the synth.

Roli does the same thing on their Seaboard Block. The reason for this is modularity – you can put a second unit next to it for additional octaves, where going C-to-C wouldn’t allow that.

But the Morph overlay adds a C, in the bottom-right corner. It works better than you might think. (and you can disable it in the editor, if you are using multiple units)

a spray-on adhesive might also be sound, though I don’t know that I’d go there. I worry about damaging the morph.

@greaterthanzero Thank you, I did not notice that leetle C button! Also, I did not invest in the piano overlay… I’ve got that covered in spades. :slight_smile:

At this moment you can’t have an arbitrary pitchbend range. Only multiples of an octave in millimeters. So 230mm is one, 460 is two and so on.

For me personally I don’t really mind the C to B as I’m never sliding that far. I think that a third is about the largest interval that I slide. You could double the pitch bend range so you can do a full octave in half of the width. But then hitting a new note or sliding is out of sync. Or you could edit my file and give it that 13th box :).


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Very impressive topic here. I just discovered it and am following with great interest. I can see both sides of the 13 vs 12 question. So nice to have the general flexibility to go either way / both ways!

I found a picture of the aforementioned optional C key, but I don’t understand it. (Note: I don’t have my Morph yet). Is this another sensor area on the side of the unit instead of the “top”, or is it an on-top key that isn’t necessarily a note, or what?


I think that the bottom of that B can be used as a C.

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@ybr @Progster that’s correct!

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@ybr Nice work! I am excited to try this too. I noticed your cut file has some additional ‘toolbar’ buttons up top. Do you have an updated senselmap file to go with it? Thanks!

Yeah even if there were multiple innovator overlay magnet versions, like Innovator A, Innovator B, etc that we could laser etch ourselves would be super helpful and allow for hot swapping between them.

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I actually didn’t make these yet. Also because some features are not yet implemented in the Sensel software. But by putting the image of the design file on top of the Sensel Map you should be able to add the features to the map.

Absolutely. We’ve received a lot of similar inquiries regarding magnet layouts recently so it’s definitely on our mounds.

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hi there…thanks so much for all this info!! I have a linnstrument and really look forward to using this template!!! thanks for all the work. I just ordered my morph. Does anyone have the template in the form that is needed to upload to PONOKO ?

I would be very interrested in this as well, i have been making due with a paper printed version under the designer overlay, and while it works great. Having tactile note edges would be awesome… really hope Sensel put out a grid overlay sometime soon!

That’s really nice, I also have this VST (and a real hang drum) and was also going down this route (with the innovators overlay) - Did you ever get this going/mapped with the VST? Care to share :wink:

I was thinking of putting a ‘tak’ (percussive tap) next to the dink but will see how the space goes!


Thanks a lot for this nice layout and a very interesting thread.
It’s great to be able to practice a bit with the 4th strings layout, definitely makes more sense to me than the regular piano layout.
How the laser cut sheet after a while? Still using it?

Yes it works well. Only issue is that I haven’t found something to semi permanently attach the sillicon overlay to the sillicon innovators overlay. Would also be nice if Sensel would release a way to use magnets so we can create our own overlays more easily.

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