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,