Tag Archives: New instruments

The Haken Continuum and the OtamaTone – 2 Insanely Cool Instruments [Videos]

The Haken Contnuum

The Haken Continuum is one of the sickest instruments I’ve ever seen, and it better be for a hefty $5290 for a full size one. Since it’s a midi controller mixed with a keyboard mixed with a huge touch pad, it can pretty much do it all.

The OtamaTone

The OtamaTone is one of those instruments that once you’ve got one you still might not be able to figure out why, but you’d still be happy about it. For $52, why not? Also I found people who buy an OtamaTone, also often buy this Stylophone Beatbox for a cool $27 + shipping. Watch the next video and you’ll see why:

 

Velocity Touch Sensitive Interfaces, Pressure Sensitive Ribbons, 3D Virtual Hand-Tracking Midi Controllers – Music is Still Growing

When I look at some of the new interfaces/instruments that continue to be rolled out, it makes me think about how each new musical device that comes out offers it’s own distinct set of new opportunities for artists. That then leads me to think about all the opportunities that can be created when you combine multiple devices like this together. This forces me to conclude that we have not even come close to seeing, or hearing, the full potential of what music is capable of being today. In other words, there is A LOT of room for growth. I think music creation is getting more interesting than it ever has been.  Check some of this stuff out:

Go to Create Digital Music for more info on what you’ve seen above.

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The Pocket Piano [Synth] by Critter and Guitari

I’m probably going to have to get one of these..

The Pocket Piano is a mini electronic synthesizer with a big sound! The synthesizer features six unique modes:

• Vibrato Synth
• Harmonic Sweeper
• Two-Octave Arpeggiator
• Octave Cascade
• Mono FM Synth
• FM Arpeggiator

The Pocket Piano is housed in a sturdy aluminum and hardwood case and also includes a built-in speaker, a 1/4″ output jack, and wooden keys made for a refined touch. It can be powered both by a 9V battery or a wall wart (not included).

When you change modes with the right-most wooden button, a color LED above that button indicates what mode is selected with a different color for each mode. The entire keyboard may be tuned over a 2 octave range by turning the knob second from right. Volume is controlled by the right-most knob. The function of the remaining two left knobs depend on what mode is selected, and are described below. There is also a button that selects waveform (sine, square, triangle, sawtooth) in the first four modes, and shifts the keyboard an octave higher in the last two modes.

Price: $175

There’s a lot more cool stuff at Critter and Guitari’s Website, including the 3 Channel Video Synthesizer (shown above) and the Kaleidoloop (shown below).

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Tim Exile & Native Instruments Present: The Mouth [VIDEO]

This video pretty much explains it all. Tim Exile does some awesome shit.

Cost: US$79, and thanks to the new Reaktor platform, you don’t even need a copy of Reaktor to use it. You can run it in the full Reaktor 5.5, or you can run with the free player.

I’m playing more with The Mouth today, and hope to talk to Tim this week. Got some questions you’d like answered? Fire away.

– By Peter Kirn

The Mouth product page

Continue to Full Create Digital Music Article

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The Eigenharp – Ridiculous Digital Controller

These things are crazy cool sounding! Here’s an article that’ll tell you more about them: http://distorted-loop.com/2009/10/07/eigenharp-for-mac-a-revolutionary-new-instrument/

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The Misa Digital Guitar – Demo Vid – Ri-fcking-diculous

There’s not much else to say…other than ew…and I want one!

http://www.misadigital.com/

The TENORI-ON

The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON’s numerous performance capabilities.
The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound / light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.

The Six Modes

More Here

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The Samchillian – a musical instrument based on relativity

Eitan Shefer’s graduation project from the Bezalel academy of art and design.

http://eshefer.com

An electronic musical instrument which takes Leon Gruenbaum’s samchillian concept and defines a possible product design for it. The challenge was to make an aesthetic, ergonomic, musical product which could be used on stage by a musician.

the samchillian is a new type of musical instrument which uses the concept of relative notes, rather then fix pitches (as in a piano).

http://samchillian.com

The film was made by Eitan Shefer in a collaboration with motion graphics wizard Eric Lerner.

http://www.ericlerner.com

New Instrument – The Air Piano

Music just got a little more advanced: