Le Grand Strum MIDI Controller

US Stylophone & Omnichord inspired device updated      16/05/23

Sixty Four Pixels is a small company designing and hand-making electronic music accessories in Brighton, UK since 2013. You may have seen their Le Strum used in a number of instruments, including a MIDI Leg, the Chordolo and many other devices. It's now been updated, made bigger and improved - coming fully constructed and tested. It' behaves somewhere in between an Omnichord and a Stylophone and has been championed by many an established electronic artist. 

Here are some details:

To play MIDI notes, you hold down one of the chord buttons and touch the tip of the stylus to the strum plate. The contacts on the strum plate are mapped to notes of the selected chord across multiple octaves. Using Le Grand Strum you can create guitar-like strums, massive chord sweeps and arpeggios by simply moving the stylus around the strum plates.

The 16 pad, gold plated main strum plate has a tapering layout which allows fast chord strums at the top and individual note picking at the bottom. Two new circular strum areas duplicate notes from the main pads and allow you to play continuous arpeggios by moving the stylus in a circular motion.

A keyboard built from large, high-quality, tactile switches gives you immediate access to 84 chords, and an additional set of extended chords. The chords can be voiced based on piano or guitar style fingerings and multiple playing options are available.

Le Grand Strum is a fun, compact and expressive MIDI controller. It is great for live performance, for recording guitar style strums to MIDI compositions, for arranging chord progressions and is a helpful song writing tool.

We created the CV.OCD MIDI to CV box (licensed as the Mutant Brain module), The ARPIE arpeggiator and Noodlebox Serendipity Sequencer among many other accessories.

Le Grand Strum is available for GBP159 from the Sixty Four Pixels web site at https://six4pix.com/grandstrum


About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.

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