MESSE12: AlphaSphere - An Amazing New Spherical Controller

Seen 'The Sleeper', anyone?      27/03/12

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One of the best things about trudging the halls at MusikMesse is the sense of not knowing quite what you're going to come across next (collapsible carbon-fibre alpenhorns, for ex ;-) and a perfect example of such an unexpected treat was found on a tiny stand lurking at the back of Hall 5.1...

Adam Place was displaying his brand new prototype AlphaShpere - quite literally, it was finished just before the show - and a very unusual instrument it is too, comprising 48 various sized pressure-sensitive rubber discs arranged to form a spherical controller.

Together with the custom-designed software interface, it can trigger and play samples, sounds and other parameters in a very intuitive and tactile way... and it looks great, too!





Andy McCreeth


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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
golden globe    Said...

that is very very cool

27-Mar-12 05:14 PM

A sound guy    Said...

I'd rather have the collapsable carbon fiber alphorn. The AlphaSphere is cool, but that sounds cooler.

27-Mar-12 06:19 PM

Lagrange Audio    Said...

Love people getting out and doing this stuff, I really wish them well in the future for their initiative and creativity. Great instrument BTW, I could see this popping up all over the place.

27-Mar-12 06:56 PM

Mr. D    Said...

Had a go on this at Musikmesse. I wasn't sure when I first saw it but after a couple of minutes playing it I was sold. Great original interface with massive potential. Definitely going to get one when it's out in the shops.

27-Mar-12 08:13 PM

Brian from USA    Said...

Nice concept, I like the poly pressure feature and the geometric interval layout.

28-Mar-12 11:09 AM

The Guvnor    Said...

This is really cool. The idea of being able to finally control poly aftertouch in a useful way has brought MIDI back to life. I want!!!

29-Mar-12 10:20 AM

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