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TouchStrip v1.3 $36.00US
2 - 6 : $34.20US ( save 5% )
7 - 19 : $32.40US ( save 10% )
20 + : $28.81US ( save 20% )
excl. sales tax

We bet there's lots to say about the TouchStrip. It's really long, for starters. Responds to pressure from approx. 0.2 KPa (2 g/cm2, 0.01 PSI) to 981 KPa (10.0 Kg/cm2, 142 PSI) or a force of approx. 0.6 N (60 g, 0.13 lb) to 98 N (10 Kg, 22 lb) that's evenly applied across its active area, a strip of 60.9 cm (24.0 inch) length and 5 mm (0.2 inch) width. View, calibrate, record and map the sensor data with our TouchSensors software (see below). See this videoclip for a demo !

And look, it's part of a family. Here are all the versions we have available (note that some of these sensors have a different response curve):

Application examples

  1. Can be easily applied to a variety of flat surfaces. Eg. apply across your keyboard for more expressive control of your tones.
  2. May be used to design your own fretless bass. Use for capturing applied pressure while the Slide-500 functions as your pitch controller. A GForce3D will help you accentuate your tones when you move the stem upright.
  3. Create a fancy control panel by combining Push sensors (Push, Push3D), Reach sensors (Reach, ReachClose), Slide sensors (eg. Slide-50, Slide-200, Slide-500, SlideRound, SlideWide), Touch sensors (see above) and Turn sensors to name a few.

Technical specifications

Product TouchStrip sensor
Version 1.3 (2008)
Sensing parameter contact pressure or force
Sensing technology zero-travel force sensitive resistor
Active area 609 x 5.0 mm (24.0 x 0.10 inch)
Range approx. 0.2 KPa (2 g/cm2, 0.01 PSI) to 981 KPa (10.0 Kg/cm2, 142 PSI) or
approx. 0.6 N (60 g, 0.13 lb) to 98 N (10 Kg, 22 lb), evenly applied across active area
Repeatability 5% (max) for one sensor, 25% (max) across multiple sensors
Response time 1 to 2 ms (mechanical)
Output resistance more than 100 kOhm (at 0 N) to 200 Ohm (at 98 N) in parallel with 47 kOhm
Calibration (force applied evenly across active area)
N Kg lb Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
0 0 0 0.00 0
98 10 22 5.00 127
Calibration (force applied per unit of active area)
KPa PSI Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
0 0 0.00 0
32 4.7 5.00 127
Power supply 1.0 to 10 V DC, 0.1 mA at 5 V
Operating temperature -20 to 100 C (-4 to 212 F)
Sensor dimensions 640 x 15 x 0.5 mm (25.2 x 0.59 x 0.02 inch)
Weight 15 g (0.5 oz), incl. cable
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, black wire = ground, white wire = sensor output, maximum extension 30 m (98 ft)
Connector male plug with 3 pins in a row spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Software support

  1. 09 Dec 2014: SensorX v1.00 for MacOS and Windows (64bit, contact us for the 32bit version) from source code in Max. For multiple sensors or sensor outputs, run multiple instances of the application, each started in its own folder. Use together with Connect (MacOS / Windows) or BlueMIDI (Windows).
  2. 08 Dec 2010: TouchSensors v1.11 for MacOS and Windows from source code in Max.

Application notes
  1. Please note that calibration of the sensor requires careful attention to detail since the sensor behaves differently near the extremes of the usable range. The sensor behaves as a force sensor within the specified range but may not behave like a force sensor beyond this range. It is merely documented as a saturation effect above the range, meaning that sensitivity changes with force, and as a threshold effect below the range, which behaviour may be hard to repeat or even random.
  2. To obtain reliable results, the force has to be applied evenly across the active surface area of the sensor. Using a finger to calibrate or to measure how much force you exert is very unreliable unless you at least use a flat rigid object between the finger and the sensor.
  3. If the sensor shows a non-zero value when no force is applied, flatten the sensor between two flat objects for a few days. Any bending of the sensor may result in a non-zero at-rest value. Store sensor in flat position for best results.
  4. Using adhesive to attach the sensor may result in a non-zero value when no force is applied
  5. The sensor can be cut to desired length (width cannot be changed).

This page was updated on Wednesday 26 October 2016.
Comments by customers: 1 Write Review
by nicholas Raftis Date Added: Wednesday 15 November 2006
works great! good range of pressure and nice to be able to cut down to size.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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