NOPIA - Semi-modular MIDI harmony generator
The other way of moving around the chord builder is in “real scale” mode, which is useful if you already know your way around the keyboard. For example, in “real scale major mode” if you chose G on the tonal selector the note G on the chord builder will be the I chord. Additionally, the shift button moves a voice in each chord, typically turning 3rds to 4ths or major 7ths to flat 7ths. Adding suspended chords, tritone substitution and other secondary dominants to the palette. Once you are familiar with this idea of using the notes on the keyboard as functional degrees, you can easily make these emotions flourish from basic triads to rich extensions using the central knob. Or add depth to the chords with the bass module, which can be linked, triggered via its pads or on autopilot with MIDI from an external kick and snare. The bass has both a root or a changed note available. Unfold these chords in time by using the arpeggiator, and give them extra colour and expressiveness with the synth section. Loop progressions and easily overdub automation in the 3 slot looper. All modules send MIDI Out for linking up with external instruments or different MIDI channels in your DAW. With its hands-on approach and the ability to play the chords from virtually any song that exists, Nopia can unlock new possibilities for musicians. Whether you're composing in the studio, performing live or just starting out, it’s got you covered! Prototype 1 designed and assembled during the three summer months of 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Martin Grieco-Levy and Rocío Galarza.
As the first chord building instrument that uses tonal harmony in this way, it allows for intuitive expression without necessarily having theoretical knowledge. The reimagined piano keyboard layout is streamlined for music creation by organising notes in a way that lets you, with just three variables - key, degree, and extensions - rapidly and comprehensively navigate large sets of chords. And what's more, it doesn't just transpose the chords up and down, but can accommodate the voicings to always be in register, providing a seamless musical journey across all keys.