Embodme a new startup company tells us that Erae Touch, a Polyphonic MIDI Controller launched today on Kickstarter, is born out of a desire to combine both sensitivity and versatility in a seamless object. A spokesperson told us, "Experimentation on the surface comes flawlessly bringing musicians closer to their original intents and ideas."
Here's the story in their own words...
This innovative control interface is a multi-touch pad controller exceptionally sensitive to finger touch and percussion mallets or sticks. The Erae Touch is an extremely versatile device designed for live performances and suited for the most demanding artists looking for a large surface to mix, practice and compose. Built for creative professionals and confirmed musicians, it is very responsive and offers a wide range of musical gestures and creative possibilities. It can support up to 10 simultaneous points of contact at extremely low latency for real-time live performances. The surface is made of soft silicone allowing for smooth transitions with very precise and flawless transitions. This midi controller enables musical touch such as vibratos, portamentos or pizzicato, like one would play on a real acoustic instrument.
The built-in array of 1,000 Force Sensors and RGB LEDs coupled with the configuration software the Erae Lab, allows for any configuration with up to 32 layouts stored on the device in standalone mode. The Erae Lab offers the ability to customize your pad with various music objects and control zones such as faders, xyz pads, isomorphic grids or multi-track step sequencers. It will also come with several pre-made settings and offer the ability to share your templates with other users. It was built to control any digital audio workstation or MIDI compatible synthesizers through its USB-Type C and MIDI-TRS port (also compatible with the new MIDI 2.0 standard).
This seamless object was designed and developed in the company's office with a team of 5 people now working full time on the project. The first 200 units will also be assembled in the company's office in Paris. It was designed to be easily scalable in the manufacturing process but will also offer easy and regular software upgrades based on the users feedback.
The hardware device will also come with a free version of AudioDamage's Continua plugin and expand the capabilities of the software with MPE ready templates.
Pricing and Availability:
RRP $790. See Kickstarter for early-bird price of $590 and other offers.
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