Starr Labs, a boutique MIDI controller maker that previously focused on creating custom ZTar MIDI guitar controllers, has announced a Kickstarter project to create the iTar, an iPad keytar.
The project pairs Starr Labs’ proven fingerboard controller, from the ZTar, with an iPad. According to the developers, by pairing their fingerboard with a mass-produced portable computer, like the iPad, they can cut their costs way down.
They’re running this project as a Kickstarter project. Basically, Starr Labs is trying to move from building one-off custom ZTars, which are pretty expensive, to creating iTars in volume, priced at $200. In order to make them in volume, though, they need to determine if there’s real interest to justify volume production.
Details at their Kickstarter site.
If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, they are two Web sites designed for fundraising for creative projects. We’re starting to see more and more synth-related projects developed using Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, because they let project developers take advantage of the networking possibilities of the Internet.
Note: VJFranzK made an interesting iPad keytar thing back in 2010, the Mantaray, which we dubbed an iTar. Unless there’s an earlier trademark on that term, we’d consider it a generic name for iPad keytar music controllers.