NuDesine has announced an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the production of its new AlphaSphere me MIDI controller.
Like the company’s earlier AlphaSphere nexus and AphaSphere elite MIDI controllers, the AlphaSphere me features pressure-sensitive control pads, placed in a hexagonal arrangement on a sphere.
The AlphaShere is designed to be much more affordable, though, with prices starting at US $166 to backers. The lower cost is achieved by making it smaller, simpler to manufacture and using 32 pads, vs the original’s 48 pads.
Here’s the official intro video:
- AlphaSphere me has a series of 32 tactile pressure-sensitive pads.
- The pads themselves can can act as a key/trigger-pad or a fader/dial/mod-wheel/pitch-wheel, or both simultaneously.
- The design itself is based on a hexagonal lattice, which allows for a series of logical notational arrangements.
- It is compatible with any MIDI software, from GarageBand to Ableton Live.
- Each pad can can act as a key/trigger-pad or a fader/dial/mod-wheel/pitch-wheel, or both simultaneously
- Map preset notational scales or layouts to the pads, or set notes to pads individually
- Set the pressure of each pad to send polyphonic aftertouch, channel aftertouch, mod wheel, pitchbend, or a CC message
- Supports multichannel MIDI, allowing multiple instruments to be played at the same time
- MIDI Dynamic Channel Mode – allows individual MIDI channels to be dynamically applied to each pressed MIDI pad, allowing for polyphonic pitch-bend as well as completely polyphonic modulation of notes within software that doesn’t support poly aftertouch.
For more information on the AlphaSphere me, see the project site.