AlphaSphere IndieGoGo Campaign

March 18, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized 

What is the AlphaSphere?

The AlphaSphere is a brand new musical instrument. Consisting of 48 tactile pads, it combines iconic design and smart materials to create an audio-visual experience that is truly unique. The pads are touch sensitive and can be infinitely programed to trigger electronic sounds. The AlphaSphere will bring modern music production and performance off the computer screen and back into the hands of the musician. Know the feeling when you suspect the DJ is just checking his emails? You can say goodbye to that…

* A hands on way of producing music

* Sounds triggered by malleable pads

* Varying pressure applied to pad can control a number of parameters – volume, pitch, oscillations etc.

* Apply your own sounds or samples using Open Sound Control

* Integrated LEDs for full visual effect

* Can be easily used as a synth, a step sequencer, or a MIDI controller as well as being an instrument in its own right

The Technology

The brain of the AlphaSphere is based on an XMOS processor. The processing power and multi-core architecture allows for ultimate responsiveness and the possibility to expand the signal processing done on board. The prototype connects to the outside world using Open Sound Control which can interface with MIDI. Though there are plans for internal voices and sample-sets, we will always keep the AlphaSphere programmable, so any sound you conceive can be uploaded and shared. The Firmware and Software for the AlphaSphere are based on open source software and the code will be publicly hosted and documented. We are looking to foster a community around developing for the AlphaSphere, and hope that developers and producers alike can create and share new systems and sounds for the instrument.

There is also a speaker within the AlphaSphere itself, taking full-advantage of the inbuilt acoustics of the spherical resonant chamber. To play electronic music with the AlphaSphere, feels like you are literally holding the sounds in your hand, morphing and shaping them as you please.


2 Responses to “AlphaSphere IndieGoGo Campaign”

  1. Adam on March 18th, 2011 11:58 am

    Bounce over to for the full story.

  2. jotta on March 23rd, 2011 6:32 pm

    Great post! Check out jotta’s article on nu desine’s Alphasphere

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