The NDLR is…
The NDLR (pronounced “the noodler”) is a four part polyphonic, sequenced arpeggiator, chord and drone player, that handles the music theory for you.
Press one of the seven chord buttons, and the two arpeggiators and drone follow the chord notes while your polyphonic synth sings with pads.
There are start and stop buttons for each of the four parts, and a button to start/stop all parts. And there’s a “panic” button to stop all MIDI notes.
A color LCD screen shows you everything that’s going on. A very flat menu structure keeps menu diving to a minimum.
Pick a key, a mode and control the BPM of The NDLR’s MIDI clock.
With two sets of 5 pin DIN MIDI inputs and outputs, and four virtual USB MIDI ports you have lots of ways to connect your MIDI devices. There is also CV clock in and out connectors to sync with your Korg Volcas, modular or semi modular synths.
It works with MIDI hardware synths, and your DAW and tablet, if that’s your thing.
Once you master the basics, dive into the 8x modulation matrix. It lets you animate most of The NDLR’s parameters. You can even send LFOs to your MIDI gear.
The NDLR includes a Pattern editor to make arp and modulation patterns, and a rhythm editor. Once you have your perfect piece, you can save your patches.
Thoughtful Design For Great Sounding Music
A Different Approach
Conductive Labs set out to make a MIDI device that would let us play multiple synths at once, even though we can barely play a keyboard. If you’ve grown frustrated with built in hardware sequencers and DAWs, The NDLR is what you’ve been waiting for.
If you do play the keys, guitar or just beat things with sticks, try playing along with The NDLR.
By breaking down music theory into knobs and controls, you can conduct The NDLR’s parts in real-time. Most parameters can be changed while you are performing!
The Pattern Editor, shown above, can be “played” while a motif part is playing. This opens up an entirely different way to play without a keyboard.
It’s a machine made for jamming!
Quality Over Quantity
The NDLR is built to last. The electronics are designed with robust ESD protections, and the anodized 5052 aluminum enclosure isn’t just beautiful, its effect pedal tough.
The NDLR is USB powered. Using only 90mA, you can power it with just about any USB device including a computer, USB phone charger, or USB battery pack. We supply the USB cable, you supply the power.
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- USB Power Supply not included; The NDLR runs on 5V DC, 90mA.
Suitable USB power includes; PCs (but maybe not older laptops with low voltage USB), high quality USB phone charger, or USB battery pack.
- The NDLR comes with a 6 foot USB cable. You can purchase longer or shorter cables as needed, with USB A to USB B connectors.
- MIDI Synthesizer(s); The NDLR is a MIDI playing device, it doesn’t make any sound on its own, it sends MIDI messages to your MIDI sound modules. It can play most anything with MIDI input including vintage synths, modern synths, mono and polyphonic synths, software synthesizers, on an iPad, PC, stand-alone or VSTs in a DAW. Note that some vintage synths or synths with poor MIDI implementations may be prone to getting stuck notes. Use the Panic button on The NDLR when needed.
- To connect many synths, and for the best MIDI timing we recommend using an active, 1 input to 4 or more outputs MIDI thru device.
- The NDLR has rich velocity controls if your synths support velocity, but on all do.
- The NDLR can be controlled with an external MIDI controller or sequencer. See The NDLR Setup Examples in The NDLR User Manual for details.
- Dims: Size 9.2” x 6.2” x 3″ (23.2 x 25.5 x 3.7cm)
- Color LCD Screen 1.8” (128×160)
- 8 Rotary Encoders w/ switch
- 7 Chord Buttons (degree / type)
- 4 Play/Pause Buttons (PAD, Drone, Motif 1, Motif 2)
- Motif 1 or Motif 2 Select
- Global Play/Stop Button
- Shift & Menu Buttons
- Recessed Firmware Update Button (upgrades via USB)
- 2x MIDI 5-Pin Inputs
- 2x MIDI 5-Pin Outputs
- 1x USB w/ 4 Virtual USB MIDI I/O ports + Power
- 1x Clock Out 1/8th inch jack
- 1x Clock In 1/8th inch jack
Four Part Arpeggiator – All Parts’ notes are derived from the chosen chord degree, chord type, key, & mode. See the manual for excruciating details.
- Pad – Note Position and Range. Moving the position and changing the range will turn notes on and off, great for awesome soundscapes. Up to 49 notes of poly!
- Drone – Note Position, Number of notes, and Trigger. Plays 1 to 3 notes continuously or tiggers on beats. Changes with chords or stays on the root note. Good for long evolving synth patches or punchy bass.
- Motif 1 and 2 – Note Position, Length and Variation for Patterns and Rhythms. Use built-in patterns and rhythms or create your own. These sequenced arpeggiators are great for creating lead and bass lines.
Tempo, Key and Mode settings -provide maximum flexibility for solo noodling or jamming with friends.
Menu System – No menu diving, our flat menus make it easy to navigate the 8 menus and the Pattern and Rhythm editors.
Save and Load User Settings:
- Save and load up to 8 global system settings including most performance parameters. Global settings can be changed on the fly.
- In addition to the built in 20 patterns and 20 rhythms; Save 20 user patterns in the Pattern editor. Save 20 user rhythms in the Rhythm editor
Modulation – an 8 slot mod matrix with Source, Destination, and Amount.
- 3 LFO sources – Rate: 0.4 – 40 seconds free running, 1 to 48 beats synced.
Wave Shape (Sine, Tri, Sqr, Pulse, S&H, and Patterns). Probability for LFOs 1 and 2.
- Additional mod sources include; pitch bend, velocity, CCs and aftertouch.
- Modulation destinations include most all The NDLR parameters.
- Modulate parameters on your synths with any MIDI CC (1-127).
MIDI CC control – Most all of The NDLR parameters are CC addressable. See the MIDI CC Implementation table in the User Manual on the Downloads page.
- Internal MIDI clock out (10-300 BPM)
- Internal CV clock out (0-5V), 1 PPQ, 2 PPQ for Korg Volcas, 24 PPQ, with Clock divide.
- External CV Clock In (5V max, currently 24 PPQ only)
- External clock-in on MIDI-in 5 pin A, B or USB (1-4).
- Connect a MIDI keyboard or sequencer and The NDLR selectable transpose MIDI channel to transpose from the key of “C” to the current NDLR key & mode.
- Use a MIDI keyboard or sequencer to select chords. Choose The NDLR “Control-In” MIDI channel. The white keys map to chord degrees I-VII. Optionally black keys map to the chord type. Sonority is automatic based on key & mode.
- Most features of The NDLR can be controlled by inbound CC messages.
- All notes and CCs pass thru except for The NDLR control channel.
- With 2 MIDI 5 pin and 4 USB MIDI in and outs, The NDLR is a MIDI merger and a MIDI splitter. See the manual for details.
- Selectable Drone MIDI-out channel (Off, Pad, 1-16). Pad choice means same as Pad channel.
- Selectable Pad MIDI-out channel (1-16). Poly-chains play on next successive MIDI-out channel(s). Example: Pad MIDI-out ch = 4. Polychain = 1 – all pad notes on ch 4. Polychain = 2 – every two notes plays on channels 4/5. Polychain = 4 – every 4 notes plays on channels 4/5/6/7. If you are playing 6 notes with Polychain = 2, note1->ch4, note2->ch5, note3->ch4, note4->ch5, note5->ch4, etc.
- Selectable Motif 1 MIDI-out port and channel.
- Selectable Motif 2 MIDI-out port and channel.
- MIDI out ports are USB 1 thru 4, and 5 pin din MIDI A and MIDI B.