An Indiegogo campaign has started for Zvuk9, an expressive MIDI controller with which its designer says that you can "Express yourself with every touch and motion."
The designer Dragan Pozder had this to say about it, "A few years ago, I was planning to buy a MIDI controller. I was tired of using a mouse and a piano roll when playing VST synths. While walking down the street thinking about what MIDI keyboard to choose, I saw a guy playing a Hang instrument. Watching his hands move, I thought "isn't this more enjoyable then pressing keys on a keyboard?"
The unexpected thrill of this eureka moment made me immediately phone my friend Ratko with an idea to make a MIDI controller shaped like a Hang instrument. We quickly realized a huge potential in adding X and Y controls to each pad and, since our first conversation about it, we were hooked. After thinking about it a good while, it seemed much more logical and natural to change the playing surface to square pads and create a square shape for the controller overall, so we went with it.
Now, more than 3 years later, we have fully functional prototypes of an expressive MIDI controller and control surface that is much more than just another pad-based MIDI controller."
Zvuk9 Feature List
- 9 pressure and position sensitive pads
- Velocity sensitive (3 levels of sensitivity and 3 velocity response curves)
- X and Y MIDI assignable to CC. CCs can be the same for all pads or unique per pad
- X or Y can be set to send pitch bend instead of CC
- Aftertouch (channel or polyphonic)
- 15 programs for storing settings (scale, tonic, split status, X & Y controls, on/off status for notes, aftertouch, and X and Y)
- 7 predefined scales available: natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, major, harmonic major, pentatonic minor, and pentatonic major
- 10 user scales available so you can set which pad will play which note or notes
- Chords can be assigned through user scales, a maximum of 7 notes can be assigned to a pad
- Tonic can be set with Notes buttons
- Notes buttons are illuminated, showing which notes are currently available and which note is currently playing
- By default, tonic goes on Pad1; by using Notes up/down function, all notes can be moved
- Encoder controls for X & Y: CC, min, max, curve
- Total of 13 response curves available for X and Y
- 4 on/off buttons: notes, X, Y, and aftertouch
- In Split mode, all controls for X and Y, state of 4 on/off buttons, and MIDI channel are unique per pad
- Transport controls: play, stop, and record can be set to MCC, CC, or MCC+CC
- Note off type choice (off channel, on channel/0 velocity)
- All settings saved during reboot
- MIDI over USB and MIDI through 3.5mm mini jack out (cable mini jack to MIDI DIN included)
Pricing and Availability:
The estimated price after the campaign ends is $1065.00 but there are buying options now from $678.