Ploytec Releases 34oneII MIDI Tap Tempo Pedal
Ploytec, the Germany-based company running usb-audio.com, has released 34oneII.
34oneII adds some extra options, an integrated MIDI merger to use rack synthesizers without blocking the MIDI input, and an external power supply plug. Battery life increased to more than 90 hours now, and there will be MIDI files available on the Ploytec website in the future for providing completely different functionality, e.g. being a MIDI sustain pedal.
Here's what it does:
Synthesizers like the Korg Triton or Yamaha MOTIF / MOTIF ES / MO offer fantastic arpeggio and life sequencing possibilities that are hard to use with a non-click synchronized life band. That's where 34oneII revolutionizes the possibilities: It gives you easy to use tap tempo.
It's a 9V block battery driven tap tempo pedal generating a MIDI Clock signal. The pedal works by stamping out the "Three Four" of a bar, thus setting a fresh MIDI clock value. The tempo range is 30 to 300 bpm. It can be used for songs, patterns and also arpeggios with software and hardware synthesizers and sequencers.
34oneII comes with an additional "tap on" function (which can be switched off now) that calculates the tempo with the average value of the last four tap measurements. Plus while you tap on it slightly shifts the rhythm in the direction of the next quarter note to make it easy to stay on time.
Price is EUR 139.00. The unit is available in the U.S. at Keyfax (motifator.com), Infantnoise and Analoguehaven.