The original Skoog is a MIDI controller that looks like a big squishy toy. It was designed to be accessible and bring physical modeling synthesis, sampling and MIDI to users that may not be able to use a standard controller.
Now Skoog Music has announced the Skoog 2.0, above, a new version that’s designed to be more affordable and more powerful.
Skoog 2.0 is a MIDI controller, designed with accessibility in mind, with a variety of sensors:
- The entire object is a controller, not just the buttons
- It detects ‘squeeze’ amount in 3D
- It detects contact direction in 3D
- Multitouch (x2) detects opposing sides
Here’s an example of the various control options being used to control a Logic Synth, over Tangerine Dreams’ Risky Business soundtrack.
The next example looks at using various gestures to control a physically modeled synth. In this case the patch is a plucked string sound, and the Skoog is used to ‘pluck’ the string, but also to ‘bend’ the string:
Here’s an example of the Skoog 2.0 being used to control a synth patch in Ableton Live:
Producton of the Skoog 2.0 is being done via an IndieGoGo campaign. The Skoog 2.0 is available to backers starting at £125GBP. Other packages are available that offer additional software.