The Skoog is a musical instrument/MIDI controller designed with accessibility in mind.
According to the developer, “Skoog removes the barriers to music which are posed by the difficulty of mastering standard instruments.”
Skoog looks like a big squishy toy – but it’s designed to be more than that, bringing physical modeling synthesis, sampling and MIDI to users that may not be able to use a standard controller.
- USB connection
- Soft and tactile surface, inclusive for all users
- Adjustable Sensitivity and a range of customizable options
- Extensive range of Physical Modeling Synthesis, Sampling and Midi sound options
- Works with Mac OSX, Windows XP, Vista & 7
In this video, Professor Nigel Osborne, discusses why the Skoog, and accessibility, are important:
The following video is a short interview with Stephanie Forrest, who has Cerebral Palsy. In the video, she talks about Skoog, using her Dynavox communicator.
While the Skoog looks toylike, it’s designed to make some powerful music technologies accessible.
Here’s a demo of the Skoog’s MIDI capabilities:
This video takes a look at using physical modeling with Skoog:
The final video takes a look at the SkoogMusic sampler application: