Big Knob controller in Boing Boing Bazaar

Bigknob

Tristan Shone's "Big Knob" is exactly that: a giant knob for use as a controller in live music performance with a removable detent so it can "click" or turn smoothly. You can buy one in the Makers Market / Boing Boing Bazaar for $225.

This simple device is a heavy-duty CNC machined black anodized knob for use with your expression port on any midi/usb keyboard controller. Simply plug into your expression port and immediately have a 0-128 mappable control knob for use with Ableton Live, Reason, etc.

Currently there are 10 spring loaded detente positions and a hard stop for quantized physical snapping, however by removing the 1-inch chromed steel ball bearing and spring, you can create a smooth position knob controller. The detente disc is made from self-lubricating Delrin which both supports the potentiometer and creates a smooth snap in with the chrome spring loaded ball bearing.

The stainless steel frame is adjustable and clamps onto either your keyboard or table.

Big Knob: $225

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  1. Hey guys, just a heads up. Just because a joke is easy to make… doesn’t mean it’s not funny.

    he he he… big knob.

  2. I’m not a musician so i have no idea what this sort of stuff usually sells for so i’m speaking out of general ignorance. But holy hell 225 bucks sounds a lot for a knob controller.

    Seems rather cool looking, though it’d be nice to see it in a nice enclosure of sorts, unless there’s a good reason it’s set on a bracket looking thing.

  3. that absolutely RULES! I’m trying to justify buying one right now, just can’t come up with anything.

  4. I want one. I have no idea what I’d do with it. Maybe put it next to a big shiny red button.

  5. i imagine the cost is due to the fact that each is hand-crafted. mmm… hand-crafted knobs…

  6. “Currently there are 10 spring loaded detente positions”

    I have the same knob, but mine has 11 spring-loaded detente positions. You see… 11… it’s one better.

  7. Oh, man… that big knob is right up my alley. (sorry)

    Seriously – DO WANT, but it is a little out of my price range at the moment.

  8. @ Anon 13:

    It’s for knob-tweakers to tweak, while standing hunched over folding table covered with home-made electronics, delay pedals and MANY, MANY wires.

    (I had a boyfriend once who took me to many “Noise” “Shows”)

  9. I’m having a hard time resisting my own big-knob gag!

    (see what I did there!)

    Having said that. Hercules Muse is a $40 big knobbed USB device with its own 5.1 sound card built in.

  10. How about just $150 for 24 endless rotary controllers that you can “Simply plug into your expression port and immediately have a 0..128 mappable control knob for use with Ableton Live, Reason, etc.” ….

    http://www.zzounds.com/item–BEHBCR2000

    And if you prefer faders instead:

    http://www.zzounds.com/item–BEHBCF2000

    I’m no fan of behringer, but these are actually incredibly great little units. You can use them with free software like http://ardour.org/ too.

  11. That knob is kind of big, but not really big. I’ve seen a couple of really big knobs, and they were bigger than that one, bigger than that big knob.

  12. I had a big knob once. But now I’m old and I don’t always remember where I put things.

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