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Thomas's Final Project

                                              The TETHERPLEX 

This is my instrument for 314. It uses the tether system and a 5 button FOOTIME mouse controller. A keyboard can be substituted for the mouse controller if absolutely necessary.

For this project i wanted to mix the super sweet tethers we have with a guitar pedalboard concept. My goal was to make something very noisy with plenty of oppurtunity for feedback of various sorts, distortion and totally wacked out noises. I also wanted to get us much control as possible out of the tethers which are extremely versatile and can give you 6 paremeters in 2 hands. Lastly I wanted to use the hemi's distinctive feature of having 6 channels to turn it into a sort of rotary speaker and be able to use this as a sort of meta-effect that could be turned on and off on all of the other effects (currently only munge mode does not have a spin option). I think the amount of physical control is exciting and the versatility of sounds is basically limitless given the ability to loop live. Play it by yourself or have someone play an instrument while you use tetherplex to manipulate it. I'm very pleased with my final result and I invite anyone to try it out. My video is me performing some guitar licks and manipulating them with the tetherplex.


This instrument allows you to record a live sample and overdubs into a lisa. You can then playback and manipulate the sample using the left handed tether. The instrument also features three effects pedals. By pressing these pedals you change the controls that the right tether has over the sound. The three effects are the Echoator, Distorter and Mungilator. You can guess what they do. The button attached to the tether system allows you to switch from using all channels of the hemi at once to "spinning" around the hemi channels. Be careful to only use one pedal at a time and make sure you turn them off before using the next one. The MAUI will make it pretty obvious what is on or off. Don't worry about spinner though, that will keep working as you change the other pedals.

In Summary:

  • Record live sounds from adc (mic or instruments)
  • Mess with them using the fx pedals
  • Spin it
  • for more information view the instrument explanation at the beginning of my code

If you don't have FOOTIME

Have no fear. A keyboard version exists with the top 3 FOOTIME buttons == the Q W E keys and the Bottom 2 FOOTIME buttons == space and the right side command keys.

Check it out

Here is the code for The Tetherplex. Just copy that baby right into chuck and let her rip.

Advanced instructions are in the opening comments

The video is a quick performance of some little guitar licks recorded live and then played back through the Tetherplex.


Tetherplex Keyboard Version

Check out this Video

More Footime Info


This is a mapping of the 5 button footime mouse pedal. Pretty simple, it makes each button control a different sine wav.

Working with footime is cool because pedal control allows you to do stuff with your hand but the controller is a little tempermental and at times it kind of messed with my normal mouse interaction. I'm pretty sure this could have been prevented if i had installed the footime program that let's you make the pedal "assignable" but i only just discovered that existed. Be warned the pedal is pre-programmed to hotkey stuff and in chuck those hotkeys add and remove shreds. By putting the MAUI in front of the miniaudicle i prevented anything to weird from happening but be warned.

Video sent to Rebecca

is here.