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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!
that is very very cool
27-Mar-12 05:14 PM
I'd rather have the collapsable carbon fiber alphorn. The AlphaSphere is cool, but that sounds cooler.
27-Mar-12 06:19 PM
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
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
Nice concept, I like the poly pressure feature and the geometric interval layout.
28-Mar-12 11:09 AM
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
And how the Ladder filter sound was made in error...