Koma Elektronik Field Kit


#181

Sounds like they’re going to release a power solution for portability. Announcement today?


#182

ooh that would be cool… I hope they perhaps go beyond just power though.

I do actually have a USB power pack and 9v DC adapter that would work except id need to add a DC polarity switcher to give me centre -ve … but I’m not really keen on having a converter around, in case I accidentally, reverse the polarity on one of my other devices! … perhaps I should super glue it to the FK, then throw away the -ve centre psu from Koma!

(why oh, why do we have -ve centre supplies… are manufactures trying to make us kill devices? )


#183

Not sure if they have announced anything yet but check pic #3 in this post on their IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaPbeqOn9GV/


#184

An announcement (of sorts):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10214335549086401&set=p.10214335549086401&type=3&permPage=1&ifg=1


#185

Wouldn’t this be something like this? Or am I missing something?


#186

Definitely similar. The Koma device has LEDs showing the load.


#187

Looks to me like the main difference is two output channels to one power input vs. only one output that this adapter has.


#188

Mobile power Strom in January 2018


#189

I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t have some modular or at least CV-controllable synth gear. I use it in conjunction with my modest eurorack synth setup, and that way I get some pretty cool things out of it. Though I will admit this is usually in the form of samples that I then edit and use in my DAW. Things I’ve used it for so far:

-sequencing the speed of the dc motor to different pitches and then holding it against different contact mic’ed surfaces (for a somewhat more interesting kind-of-sine wave)
-sequencing the dc motor, with a bit of tape stuck on the axis, to strum a guitar string/kalimba/… really fast at some points in my sequence
-scanning through radio frequencies with with an LFO and gating the output rhythmically (for something not unlike the intro to Bloc Party’s “Hunting For Witches”)
-complement my (virtual) drum machines with hits of a real cymbal using the solenoid
-the envelope follower, which is a great addition to any modular system
-feedback drones with the speaker and a contact mic
-making various “boing” sounds by hitting a suspended spring with the solenoid and contact mic’ing the end points of the spring (or just hitting it with your hand or a pen or whatever)

One thing I would suggest if you buy this is to buy a couple rolls of masking tape and some really big paper clamps to hold things in place, and an assortment of springs, as the expansion kit doesn’t really include that many usable springs.


#190

Yes, I got one. I really dig it and have found use for it in different ways, even if I don’t own or use a modular system. The kit is a versatile piece of equipment, for sure!

Besides using and playing around with the tools in the expansion pack, I’ve found some creative uses through micing up different resonant objects/mechanical devices and interfacing with them in different ways.

Lately I’ve scored some old dictaphones (the ones with micro cassettes) and used with really crappy microphones which I connect and let the field kit as a hub/mixer for routing and sending signals to different effect chains and audio in:s, as well as the possibility to add an lfo or radio static to the mix if I get the urge! :smile: