Sensel has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new tactile controller called Morph. The surface features precise pressure-sensitivity, and can be infinitely customizable through the use of overlays. And I feel deeply conflicted about it. Let's watch the video and I'll dissect it below.
As you see to the right here; they have already far exceeded their $60,000 funding goal.
All of the $200 early bird units are sold out, so if you want to pick one up you'll have to pay out $250... and wait for a fucking year. The expected release date is June 2016, and I don't believe anyone to date has ever met their Kickstarter's promised release date.
If you like to invest in new and innovative technology, I won't talk you out of it. This looks cool. However I don't think this is a solution for everyone. Did you see how awkward it was to rotate "knobs" in the video? I have a hard time believing visual artists will flock to it either, considering they've all finally got reasonably affordable solutions that allow them to draw directly onto their display screens. Now they're supposed to pay $250 to fall back to drawing on an elaborate Wacom tablet?
This seems like an intermediary technology to me. As reader Linda pointed out on the iPad Musician Facebook Group, by the time this thing actually ships there will probably be a vastly superior commercial solution. Technology is changing way too fast to speculate with hundreds of dollars on a return in a year's time.
This is doing some interesting stuff that would benefit musicians though. The pressure sensitivity is obviously good for velocity input, but with this pin-point precision you could have some amazing controllers. If making the overlays were easy enough, I think you could come up with the first useful controller for the unwieldy Synplant.
YouTuber Rebecca Marquardt launched a new channel dedicated to live looping acapellas! Here she covers The Weeknd's Can't Feel My Face on Everyday Looper. Check out many more videos on her new Rebecca Loops channel.
I'm like the sixth member of the Pentatonix who got kicked out for not being hip enough so I made my own awkward, solo, a cappella cover band*.
*I am in no way affiliated with Pentatonix but I'm totally available if you hear they're looking for someone new.
I use a looping app to cover all the parts of Can't Feel My Face a cappella.
Live looping with Ableton Live. Recorded in one take with no pre-recorded loops or samples.
- Native Instruments KK25 triggering "Damage" library
- Roland TR-8
- DJ Techtools MIDI Fighter 3D
- Roland System-1
- Novation Launchpad-S
- DJ Techtools MIDI Fighter Twister controlling Ploytec PL2
- KMI QuNexus controlling Ploytec PL2
- iPad 2 running Lemur
- Ploytec PL2 synthesizer (under the desk)
- 5x Chauvet Slim Par 56 LED
- Enttec DMXIS
- Ableton Live
- Max for Live
- Native Instruments "Damage"
- Native Instruments "Massive" controlled by Lemur
Earlier this month Avid released a free remote control app for their EUCON protocol. I had to scramble to figure out WTF that actually meant because I'd never heard of EUCON before. Fortunatly Sweetwater's Mitch Galagher did a video explaining it! This includes a look at some of the stylish, but pricey, Avid hardware.