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Non-Traditional MIDI Controllers

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Eigenlabs: Eigenharp

The Eigenharp brings truly expressive musical performance to every musician. The 3D keys are amazingly sensitive - sensing pressure for volume, side to side for effects and moving up down for pitch. Each Eigenharp comes with a breath pipe and one or more strip controllers used to control any aspect of a sound - such as triggering notes and applying effects and filters. You can also attach pedals, headphones and a microphone. You can change the key layouts, instrument mappings, scales, how all the controls behave - just about everything in fact.

Inspired Instruments: "You Rock Guitar"

The You Rock Guitar is both a digital (MIDI) guitar (with 6 strings and a touch-sensitive digital fret board) AND a game controller (adapters available for Xbox, PS2, and Wii). And it has a built in synthesizer with a "You Rock" mode for learning to play in the right scale with only the right notes.

Misa Digital Guitar

The Misa Digital Guitar is a guitar without strings. It is a MIDI controller that you play using a touch screen along with switches on the fret board. With the touch screen you can adjust four synth parameters simultaneously. It is not meant to replace a stringed guitar, but for playing electronic music.

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Samchillian: Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee

The Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee (patent #5,565,641) is a computer style keyboard MIDI controller based on changes of pitch, rather than fixed pitches. This scheme gives the performer the ability to perform extremely quick, rhapsodical lines. There is a software-only version for PCs.

C-Thru Music: Axis

The obvious difference between this and other music interfaces is the key surface, which gives you a geometric overview of musical harmonies. Learning it is absorbing, and using it is inspirational, and fun. The layout of notes on the keysurface helps you expand your creativity and productivity in a live or studio situation. Playing it is like no other instrument.

Haken Audio: The Continuum Fingerboard

The Continuum Fingerboard offers realtime continuous control in three directions for every finger that is placed on the playing surface. The Continuum is compatible with any MIDI synthesizer, sound module, or sequencer. There is additional MIDI communication with Symbolic Sound Corporationís Kyma Workstation through Firewire.

Yamaha: Tenori-On

The TENORI-ON is a unique 16 x 16 LED button matrix performance instrument with a stunning visual display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to numerous performance capabilities. There are six different performance and sound/light modes, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression. For DJs & producers it is a unique performance tool enabling them to perform using MIDI and load the TENORI-ON with samples to 'jam / improvise' within their set BPMs.

Sonalog: GypsyMIDI

The GypsyMIDI is a unique performance instrument for motion-capture MIDI control... The suit is modeled on the human skeletal form using rotational sensors placed on the joints. The GypsyMIDI simply plugs into a MIDI interface and arm movements are converted into a real-time stream of MIDI data. The mapping interface eXo-software allows the user to define how the movements are translated into MIDI control, including the ability to trigger notes, generate continuous control commands or even play scales.

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