Rotary potentiometers

  • Angular positionning
  • Mechanical sensor
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Potentiometers can be useful as sensors in various cases :
- to test a data acquisition system or the behavior of a program, it's a very simple and easy solution. One just needs to turn or slide the rod to change the signal ;
- as a sensor, a potentiometer can be connected or adapted to a moving mechanical system, and offer feedback on a rotation, twist or short distance movement. Many types of potentiometers exist, each more or less adapted for a specific measurement.

There is a multitude of different potentiometer types ; we supply multiple versions as shown below.

Our different models

A rotary potentiometer is a rotation, position and angular movement sensor. It's possibilities for interactivity and events are varied : as a mechanical sensor, it can be stuck to a door hinge and give information on the opening on and closing of a door (and by extension, the passage through the door), it can be used to control video or sound effects. The potentiometer can also become a turning button or be linked to an object that a spectator moves... It is also useful for motor control, to know the position of the motor's axis.

  • Single-turn/simple rotary potentiometer
  • 10 turn potentiometer
  • Infinite rotation potentiometer
  • Joysticks : combination of at least 2 sensors

Single-turn/"Simple" rotary potentiometer

The model we offer contains a flexible potentiometer and is used to manually simulate the behavior of a more complex analog detection. It's made up of an electronic adaptation and a 3 pin connector. Its complete range is attained in less than 1 full rotation. It can be plugged onto a « 2 analog inputs » or « 12 analog inputs » interface that can transform the analog data into a digital protocol such as Midi, DMX.

Capteur potentiométrique rotatif simple.

Simple, single-turn potentiometer sensor.

Data behavior : over its full range, the sensor data goes from 0 to maximum value of the protocol one is using, (0 to 127 for standard Midi, 0 to 4095 in high resolution).

10 turn potentiometer

This sensor is used in the same way as the one previously mentionned but over more turns meaning it can be used for bigger movements. It can integrated into objects that work with a limited amount of rotations. The electronic card can be separated from the potentiometer itself to help conceal it on a device or in an object.

10 tours
Capteur potentiometre 10 tours.

Rotation over 10 consecutive turns

Data behavior : the data values evolve over 10 full rotations of the potentiometer's shaft, going from 0 to the maximum value at the end of the 10th turn. The maximum value depends on the protocol one is working with. In standard Midi : 127 is the maximum value.

Infinite rotation potentiometer

This sensor is very useful for analyzing the movement of rotating elements such as wheels, crank handles, spinning stools, any device that can turn on itself indefinitely... Mounted on an object that has a rotating axis, it can be used to modulate video playback, sound, light effects. For example, letting a spectator fast forward, or rewind a projected video by manipulating a wheel or crank handle, depending on the rotation direction and rotation speed of the manipulated object.

Potentiometre a rotation infinie.

Infinite rotation potentiometer sensor

Data behavior : over one full turn on itself, the data varies over its full range. However after one complete spin, the potentiometer shaft doesn't block itself, and can be turned again in the same direction, the data then resets to allow the full range, going from 0 to its maximum with each turn.


Another page is dedicated to Joysticks : here.

Potentiometer caracteristics

  • Manual or mechanical actuation.
  • Immediate data response compatible with real time.
  • The potentiometer is one of the only sensors that keeps its signal at a constant level after having been manipulated : when left alone it doesn't have a « rest level » or « zero level » to which it goes back to, but maintains the signal at a value that corresponds to the mechanical state it is left in. This makes it usable for visual or audio adjustments and settings.
  • Power consumption : below 5 mA.
  • If needed, the potentiometer can be separated from its sensor board with some simple wires that just need to be plugged. This can facilitate their
  • ! Caution, do not forget to purchase the extension cords to connect the sensor boards on a conversion interface board (a 2/4/8/12 analog to Midi Interface board for example).



Simple sensors

A presentation of the settings for simple sensors that return analog data.

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French pamphlet

The rotary potentiometer pamphlet, but in french

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Rotary potentiometer pamphlet

A helpful pamphlet about our rotary potentiometers, in english

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