Introducing The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 Midi Controller/Guitar Hybrid
A brand new midi controller called the Artiphon Instrument 1 just met its Kickstarter goal of $75,000 within six hours of being up on the crowd funding website, which is quite a remarkable feat for any project. The prototype of the instrument debuted two years ago, but with the final version's runaway success, the Instrument 1 is expected to ship in January of 2016.
The body of the controller somewhat resembles a guitar neck with a long, narrowtouch screen in place of a fretboard, and a few knobs and buttons on one end. Unlike other midi controllers, the Instrument 1 produces different sounds depending on how notes are plucked, tapped or otherwise struck on its digital interface - and depending on what instrument it's set to mimic. Artiphon CEO Mike Butera says in the Instrument 1's promotional video,
"Our vision has been to build a musical experience that's simple and intuitive, and to do that we had to start from the ground up. Now we've created an instrument that is smart enough to take any of those basic gestures and translate them into whatever music you want to make."
While early versions of the controller featured a slot in which users would insert an iPhone, the current version plugs into devices via USB cable. It will output sounds based on whatever midi app is available and even features automated modes for less experienced musicians.
[H/T: Fact Mag]