MESSE12: AlphaSphere - An Amazing New Spherical Controller

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

   QuickTime (MP4)  | iOS MP4
13:17 mins    

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

 


All MESSE 2012 News |  Videos |  Live Blogs |  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
More From: NUDESINE

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


Post a comment 
 



More Videos


Stekker 2015: Thijs de Vlieger of Noisia 

We caught up with one third of the Drum and Bass trio to talk modular


Brighton Modular Meet 2015: James Carruthers Spectrum Prototype 

8 step sequencer with a whole host of tricks up its sleeve and some very pretty lights


Meet The Makers - Make Noise 

Tony Rolando speaks in part four of our series


Eventide H9 Harmonizer and More 

Multi-effects for the guitarist live or in the studio