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Hornberg Research

Hornberg Research

Hornberg Research was founded in May 2013 by electronic engineer Martin Raschke and film composer Mick Baumeister, combining years of professional experience. Their shared vision, together with Edwin Lorenz's expertise, was to develop a premium quality controller that brings ease and precision into musical performances.

Hornberg Research hb1 MIDI Breath Station
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hb1 MIDI Breath Station

By Hornberg Research

$899.00 hb1 MIDI Breath Station

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NEW: In multi mode you can use up to four hb1 presets simultaneously and with this feature it is possible to control up to four MIDI CCs streams independently.

The hb1 MIDI Breath Station from Hornberg Research lets you add natural expression to any electronic instrument or peripheral device with MIDI or USB. Breath controllers have long been used to add critical nuance and detail to standard keyboard performances, but after spending a few minutes with the hb1, you’ll understand why this goes far beyond any typical breath controller. The special wooden mouth piece, a precision sensor and the combination of a MIDI-merger, an integrated MIDI-interface and many innovative parameters set the stage for a high precision and richly expressive performance of your ideas, whether in studio or live.

Ten of the twelve parameters allow you to sculpt various details and impulses during your performance. For instance, the adjustable “Release” allows breathing in without interrupting the arc of the sound. The “Dynamic Attack” parameter allows for sensitive impulse control, even in the finest pianissimo. In multi mode you can use up to four hb1 presets simultaneously and with this feature it is possible to control up to four MIDI CCs streams independently. Realtime data reduction, Inversion and Limitation of the signal and, of course, Drive and Offset are all included as performance options. Each parameter set can be saved in one of 25 available presets. For visual feedback, the breath-data is displayed continuously on the Breath-Value Display. The hb1 approach is innovative and progresses far beyond the possibilities of a common breath controller. Through the integration of standard MIDI and USB-ports, the hb1 functions with or without a computer. The hb1 is hand-crafted in Germany with great attention to detail and with a focus on sustainable manufacturing.

The hb1 is composed of a controller unit and an extremely accurate pressure sensor unit, which is connected to the mouthpiece by a flexible silicon tube and to the controller unit by a sensor cable. Two mouthpieces are supplied in different sizes so that the most comfortable can be chosen for use.

Any keyboard (or a MIDI guitar, etc.) can be connected from its MIDI OUT to the hb1 MIDI IN. This means that the merged MIDI data of the keyboard and the hb1 data are accessible on the hb1 MIDI OUT and USB OUT. The MIDI OUT of the hb1 can also be directly connected to the MIDI IN of a synthesizer or to the USB port of a computer. The hb1 provides an additional second MIDI OUT through its integrated USB MIDI-interface.

Watch Jason Yang perform with live instruments and the hb1.

Watch as Mick Baumeister shows off the new Multi Mode parameters of the hb1.

hb1 Parameters

Presets

Range: 1 - 25
There are 25 presets that can be individually set according to your requirements.

Drive

Range: -10 - +10
Drive controls the sensitivity of the pressure sensor, i.e. you can adjust the hb1 to your breathing pressure. The larger the value, the more sensitively the hb1 will react to your breathing. If Drive 0 the pressure sensor unit will be switched off.
Invert-Function:
For a negative drive value, the output signal and the values of all parameters are inverted (except Pr, rd, CC and Ch). In principle, exhaling will turn into inhaling; in other words, exhaling decreases the output value while inhaling increases the output.

Offset

Range: 0 - 126
The base value starting point is set here prior to breathing into the mouthpiece. However, it is possible to fall below this value by breathing in.

Attack

Range: 0 - 40
The combination of Drive, Attack and Release form the basis for a sensitive musical performance.

Boost Attack

Range: 0 - 5
The Boost Attack is achieved by blowing especially strongly which cancels the effect of the Attack-Parameter. Consequently, the end value can be reached immediately - even with a high Attack value.

Release

Range: 0 - 40
Release regulates the decay time. Slowly decreasing pressure (decrescendo) along with breathing in seamlessly are particularly challenging technical functions for breath controllers. The Release parameter was developed to address this issue. Thanks to this parameter, it is no longer necessary to blow along with the decaying sound (release sample). Furthermore, you can use release as an effect parameter, e.g. as “auto-fade-out”.

Boost Release

Range: 0 - 5
The Boost Release is achieved by very strongly inhaling the air so as to cancel the effect of the Release-Parameter. Consequently, the null value can be reached immediately - even with a high Release Value.

Limit

Range: 1 - 127
Using the Limit function, you are able to set a maximum value (as the name suggests) that will not be exceeded.

Data Reduction

Range: 0 - 20
The hb1 works generally at a maximum resolution (1ms). However, it is sometimes useful to reduce data (e.g. overloaded MIDI bus).
Using the intelligent „reduction algorithm“ of the hb1 you can reach the upper limit without risk of losing important information and occurrence of artefacts.

Continuous Controller

Range: 0 - 127
All MIDI Continuous Controllers are supported.

MIDI Channel

Range: 1 - 16
Use to set the MIDI channel for sending controller data.

Combined Preset

Range: 1 - 25
With the parameter CP you can activate the "Multi Mode". You can use up to four hb1 presets simultaneously and with this feature it is possible to control up to four MIDI CCs streams independently, as if you were using four parallel hb1.

Items included

    • Controller unit
    • Pressure sensor unit
    • Two mouthpieces, made of precious wood of the wild service tree
    • One stainless steel tube with an adjustable air intake valve
    • hb1 Neck Set
    • Silicone tube
    • 2 m sensor cable (4-pole)
    • 1.8 m USB cable
    • 5V USB power supply unit
    • Cleaning swab for the mouthpiece
    • Wool felt carrying case

Technical Data

    • Manufacturer: Hornberg Research GbR
    • Model: hb1
    • Description: MIDI Breath Station

Electrical supply: U=4,75V - 5,25 V, I < 100mA

    • via USB interface or USB power supply (included)
    • connection via USB Model B socket
    • internal resolution: 1ms

Connections:

    • 1 x DIN-MIDI IN 31250 bit/s, 5 mA
    • 2 x DIN-MIDI OUT 31250 bit/s
    • USB 2.0
    • Connection for the pressure sensor unit

Minimum System Requirements for use with computer

    • 1 x USB 2.0 Port
    • Works with any standard operating system
    • Recommendation: use current operating systems
    • No driver installation necessary (Plug&Play)
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