In a sea of half-assed crowd-funding cash-grabs, Oval stands out immediately in my mind as something genuinely new and exciting. This handpan controller instrument features USB MIDI, and Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy MIDI for directly connected to iOS devices. They are even offering an iOS app that will teach you how to play it. This is seriously tempting.
Now get ready for the gut punch, because you'll have to be willing to bet $445 upfront on whether or not you're going to like this. After the first 250 units are sold the price goes up to $557. And they are selling in a hurry. The campaign just launched and is already at $65,000 of their $110,000 goal!
The OVAL is an electronic musical instrument that connects to an App for smartphone or tablet and it can also be used as a controller connected to a computer. Inspired by the HandPans family of acoustic instruments, the Oval provides total freedom to create sounds and it’s a tool geared towards music learning and performing. It allows you to both change and create sounds and it is also a tool for sharing your compositions with an on-line community of users.
- Limitless sound. Play any sound you can imagine whilst connected to your smartphone or tablet.
- The OVAL works via an App but you can also use any MIDI compatible software, whatever you prefer - it’s your choice!
- Boost your creativity: designing your own sounds, scales and songs. Create your own compositions and use the App's live-performance mode - it has been specifically designed to get the most out of your Oval.
- Materials: Solid Surface with acrylic, quartz, marble and bauxite.
- Rechargeable long-lasting lithium battery via USB.
- Class-compliant MIDI over USB connectivity through Lightning on iOS and USB on Android and any other operating system.
- Bluetooth BLE connectivity with Apple BLE MIDI compatibility on iOS8 and OSX Yosemite
- External input for a pedal or external controller
- ARM Cortex M3 microprocessor
- Bluetooth 4.0 Low energy
We’ve created an awesome application for iOS which is designed even for those who don't know theory and can't read sheet music. We swear that you will play your favorite songs in no time!
Download and play the weekly challenges (you'll get your score, global and local ranking!)
Learn music by playing simple songs - go through different methods of learning and get to the next level.