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AC Sabre - MIDI Instrument & Motion Controller

Air Craft has released their anticipated AC Sabre MIDI controller. This is a fully matured and updated version of the, now classic, Sound Wand. This has a lot of buzz behind it too. I first heard about the release today in a direct message from Palm Sounds' Ashley Elsdon.

I had to check AC Sabre out and it immediately lived up to the hype. The app renders laser beams that shift direction as you move your phone around. Hitting one of the 9 cells triggers the note for the beam directly in front of you. You physically rotate your body, or move your arm, to change notes. It might sound weird, but in practice it is surreal and instinctive. It's like Augmented Reality, but instead of chasing Pokemon you're making your favorite synths soar!

The app arrives on sale for 50% off at $13.

AC Sabre iTunes Description:

AC Sabre is a revolutionary wireless MIDI instrument and motion controller for electronic music producers, composers, performers and DJs which brings the dynamic richness and performance energy of traditional instruments to your digital music library, in a way that is not possible with the existing studio and stage tools.

AC Sabre reads your movements with the built in gyroscope and accelerometer and translates them into musical actions. It lets you pluck invisible strings in the air while controlling up to 7 additional parameters, intuitively with your movements, via MIDI CC messages.


  • Use AC Sabre to compose distinctive hooks that go beyond the MIDI keyboard
  • Conduct automation in realtime with human sensitivity instead of spending painful hours with the mouse
  • Add sophisticated musical elements without the need for years of theory and training

DJs & Performers...

  • Play electronic instruments without being shackled to your gear
  • Introduce spontaneity into your live digital performances
  • Infuse signature attitude and style into your performances
  • 3 words: Live Bass Wobble.

Buy AC Sabre on iTunes: $12.99 (On Sale, Intro Price)

Reader Comments 20

Tool looks fine. I'll probably get it. But the video makes me want to take a shower.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Robert

Fricken' lasers? I'm in.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Toz Bourne

huh, would-a been better if I could have seen the app and understand a bit about what is going on and if it does all the sounds in the video........

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Slim

@Slim, it's a midi controller and as such doesn't make any sound.

Works with exernal hardware and other apps.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline thinds

It seems that Sound Wand Midi is not only now abandonware but also useless. It's gone from the app store, and when I just tried to reinstall it to my phone from iTunes on my Mac it showed up as 'beta' and entered an 'installing' loop that obviously didn't terminate, until I deleted it.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline a1

Hey for a minute I thought the navy seals were coming to git 'im. But then I realized that it's just a show and probably a prop...

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Psysword

@a1 if you send me an email, I'll send you free copy of AC Sabre...

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Hari Karam Singh

@slim Happy to explain more. Find me on the forum: http://community.air-craft.co - Or you can check out the other videos which are more demo, than promo – http://air-craft.co/demos/

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Hari Karam Singh

Seriously, $13 entry price for that? And that is 50% off? I'm sorry but I'm not feeling it. I will add that you can recreate most of what this app does using Midi Designer Pro, perhaps minus the fancy graphics.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline fprintf

@ Hari Karam Singh- Thanks anyway but I'll pass. I should have stipulated (mea culpa) that it was my 'old' phone (which is still on iOS 7.1.2 and on which I had originally installed SWM). Hence my assessment of abandonware ie., no further support for older devices or OSes.
No worries, from what I recall it was a free app but beyond my initial tryout (which worked out fine), I couldn't forsee myself using it much if at all.
You could always send that code to thesoundtestroom (if you haven't already sent them one). They do a fair and thorough workout and review that can answer questions potential buyers may have.
Again, thanks anyway for the generous offer, and good luck with the release.

July 19, 2016  | person_outline a1

Sounds interesting, but why is there a video of some guy playing Pokemon Go?

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Arrrghonaut

I would like to see this turbaned ruffuan go head-to-head with DJ Puzzle from the Hook Jam video you posted a few days ago - lots of arm waving action. Who would win..?

July 19, 2016  | person_outline Simon

Tough crowd. I thought this video, like the first, was hilarious and only hope that it was intended to be...you know, a parody of sorts. Forgive me, Mr Singh, if I shouldn't have laughed. As to the AC Sabre, I need to see more about its setup and capabilities but it looks like fun. If it indeed "lives up to its hype," then fantastic...

July 20, 2016  | person_outline BFT

Just bought this app and...spent 2 hours non-stop playing with it. It is very good indeed. Maybe not the cheapest app but it is very clever and usable.

July 21, 2016  | person_outline Cuscolima

Judging from the responses, you all are using the Trump region of your brains.
The gentleman in the video appears to be a Sikh.
Hint: There are nearly twice as many followers of Sikhism worldwide as there are adherents of Judaism.
I'm buying this app right now to defy your ignorance.

August 05, 2016  | person_outline LetThereBeLight

Enjoy making some sikh beats with that, LetThereBeLight.

September 01, 2016  | person_outline Arrrghonaut
Sikh and ye shall find... on the app store.
November 16, 2016  | person grammatonfeather
I guess my question would be how easy/hard is it to program it ? and wished it was video that went there.
Then i think $9.99 should be regular price witha 4.99 intro , but thats just me.
Lastly i'd like to apologize for the persons in our community who feel compelled to comment flippantly about anyone's faith.
December 07, 2016  | person Linda
On December 07, 2016 - @Linda said:
Lastly i'd like to apologize for the persons in our community who feel compelled to comment flippantly about anyone's faith.

Yeah, I was a little iffy on that one, but I figured it didn't break the "don't embarrass me" rule because he actually got it right! If anyone called him Muslim or Iranian or someshit then there would be problems, because that person would be an ignorant fool.

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