I have now got this 12x6 linnstrumen/mpe grid working on my Linux Mint version 19.3 Tricia. I have to say I have now spent hours playing with it and consider this package with this template to be my new most favorite toy. I find the interface so intuitive that I’ve been able to learn how to play it better in just 2 hours than what it took me 2 years to learn how to play a slide guitar that this in a way simulates. I’ll go into some basic details of what I used to make use of this 12x6 template and the sensel morph within Linux mint for FREE bellow for those that are interested. I found that one of the best free synths now available that supports MPE is a vst synth called Surge Synth (google it). You can even find a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-mKyShEvKg video that shows Linn Rogers demonstrating the use of the Surge Synth with a real Linnstrument (he loves it). With this plugin used in Ardour digital audio workstation it is the perfect match and it’s totally free. I tried many other free synths and found most don’t support MPE and the ones that do well are no match to this Surge synth. There are a few bugs I had to work around to get the 12x6 template to work with the Surge at least to get the Y access value to work. I had to change from cc74 to cc71 that is by default used for timbre setting on the Surge Synth. I spent over an hour on the surge synth side to try to configure cc74 to do something but failed. Could be I’m not doing something correct on the Surge synth side, but my final solution was to just change the value on the morph template side. I also noted that other MPE patches on the Surge Synth all by default seem to be using the cc71 value so it might have been a good move anyway. I should also note that the Surge Synth has some presets designed by Linn Roger himself for the linnstrument. I note on his preset that he makes use of the Y access value that he had cc74 labeled on the synth but ended up using cc71 in his preset to drive some Y value from his synth. So I’m not sure that’s his default is normally cc71 for Y access values or not (as I’ve never seen a real Linnstrumen) but that’s what he used on the Surge Synth patches in this case. So I’ll upload my small changed version of the 12x6 template That I’m now using for those that want to try this on a Surge Synth. I’ll also note I tried a few other mods on the morph template mapping side with the sensitivity value but ended up setting them back to what @ybr had chosen that is 3, but at this point I’ve only tried one other value being 0 so at some point I’ll try a few other values and save them as maps so I can switch them with ease to try them all on different synths. As far as the image on the overlay for now I’m just printing a paper overlay and taping it around the sensel morph. I don’t think this will last very long with my fingers going over it so much. Just 4 hours of play and it’s already almost time to change it. I plan to purchase the dev overlay from sensel and see what I can do with that. I also plan to try putting some thin 2mm mouse pad that I will write on with a pen or have a custom one printed ( I see custom printed mouse pads run at about $22USD in online stores) if this looks to work. I will upload the pdf file I used to print the paper template I’m now using as I couldn’t find any output from the overlay app to create anything. I made it from a screen capture of the overlay page and edited it with Gimp graphics editor to scale it to the correct size when A4 paper is used. What I also found I need is some kind of thimble on my fingers to make my paper template last longer and to make my fingers slide easier over the surface of the template. The quick short term solution I just put clear tape over the tips of my fingers and tried small plastic bags also but we will have to look for some more long lasting solutions in the future (another thread?). One other thing I will add is that after I updated the firmware on the Sensel morph I can’t get the morph to work in Bluetooth mode for anything even my android phone. This was working at least for the the keyboard overlay but not anymore for anything not sure why (didn’t try window 10 yet). I would love to try this 6x12 template on some MPE synths I found on android but to try that I will need to get Bluetooth mode to work again on the Sensel Morph. If I got that to work I could be totally mobile with my cool 40watt boom box driven from my android phone that all fits in a small backpack and my pocket. What fun we will be having in the near future with my mobile Pataya beach band. I should also note the problem I had with the overlay app on Linux to start it didn’t work until I updated the firmware on the Sensel morph in windows 10 first. After the firmware update the Linux version of the overlay map app seems to work fine. Oh not quite fine as it seems I had to create a clean default user to get the sensel overlay map to detect the morph on my Linux box on both older and new LTS versions of Linux Mint. I think I’ll create another thread with These details about Linux and the Surge synth and other synths and repositories used as a branch to another thread as it’s not so relevant to this project and can be useful across many other Sensel overlays. Ok that’s it from me for now. Have fun you guys and keep up the good work.
Seems I could only upload my modified senselmap. I guess I’ll try link the paper overlay pdf file in some other way later. Ask me if anyone really needs it.
6x12_bends_y_cc71.senselmap (8.0 KB)
I created this google drive directory that I put all the files I am now playing with for this project:
also I got a neoprene 1mm thick mouse pad at a local store here for $0.60 (20 baht thai money) that I made into an overlay as a prototype. It feels real good to have some touch feedback now and my fingers slide on it very nice. it’s a little different and will take some getting used to. Also the material was just a bit short on one side so I had to splice it at one end that make not so good for sliding across on the right side but good enough to experment with. At this point I’ve only spent about 10 minutes play time on it so I’ll update how it goes on the long run.