Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

mogees-vibration-sensorUK-based Mogees shared a new preview video for their Mogees Vibration Sensor kit, which lets you use just about anything as a musical instrument.

Mogees works by combining a vibration sensor with music software that translates the vibrations of objects into expressive synthesized sound.

It also can be used to generate MIDI, letting you turn just about anything into a MIDI controller.

Here’s the official video demo:

Mogees’s software is available for iPhones, iPods and iPads running iOS 8 or newer.
The Mogees software is also available as VST/AU plugin for Mac, and soon for Windows, so you can use it in a DAW like Live, Logic, Cubase etc.

It provides four sound engines:

  • Muon : a physical modelling re-synthesizer. With Muon it is possible to emulate the sound of a variety of resonators made of different materials, where the exciter becomes any sound captured by the Mogees sensor.
  • Interpol808 : a classic drum machine emulator;
  • Blue Steel : a complex Karplus-Strong steel string resonator;
  • Foxtrot : a retro-electro percussive drum synth.

MIDI Compatibility:

  • Sync Mogees with your existing tracks: every MIDI note and parameter of the sounds you associate to your gestures can be automated from your sequencer. For example you can associate a thumb tap with a bass synth and its notes will change accordingly on where you are in the song (see example here).
  • Turn anything into a MIDI controller. Your gestures can trigger different MIDI notes with velocity and control any synth or effect.

Mogees was originally developed via a Kickstarter project, but is now available directly from their site for £95.00.

15 thoughts on “Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As A Musical Instrument

  1. Mogees Vibration Sensor Lets You Use Anything As THE SAME Musical Instrument…
    Just buy or make a piezo contact mic,for 5 bucks to capture the real sound of any object.

    1. I don’t understand people that compare Mogees with a normal contact mic.
      Here you have a contact mic (that also works for iPhone/iPad), a MIDI controller with gesture recognition (so like multiple MIDI trigger all in one object) and 4 synthesisers that looks quite unique, like their physical modelling synth Muon that is controlled from the audio of the mic… not so pricy at the end of the day IMHO

  2. This Mogees thing is way cool!!

    Admins, I really like this “Strange” category tag, but please apply to to all the Strange, in particular that wood and copper Karplus Strong thingy!

    1. No, £5 for a contact mic, £90 for the (rather excellent) software. 🙂

      Yes, you could skimp and get Impaktor, but then you would be limited to your iThing.

      I like this. It sounds great.

      1. Exactly, I don’t understand people that compare Mogees with a normal contact mic.
        Here you have a contact mic (that also works for iPhone/iPad), a MIDI controller with gesture recognition (so like multiple MIDI trigger all in one object) and 4 synthesisers that looks quite unique, like their physical modelling synth Muon that is controlled from the audio of the mic… not so pricy at the end of the day IMHO

  3. Yeah I backed the Pro version when it was on Kickstarter and the requirements were iOS6… Since I’ve stuck to iOS7 (my choice) it’s sat on a shelf gathering dust until I can afford a new iDevice and am forced to use the new os.

    I wonder if it’s any good!

    EDIT Just saw it’s also available as a plugin… must try that although I didn’t know it was available!

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