Behringer today shared this promo for their augmented reality interface for the DeepMind 12 synthesizer.
‘Augmented reality’ is the idea of using computers to display 3D visualizations, in real time, over the world around you. Behringer’s system displays visualizations of things like the synth’s envelopes and the patch bay, which you can directly manipulate. It also can overlay information over the keyboard itself.
The DeepMind 12 augmented reality interface is implemented with Microsoft Hololens, along with a Windows 10 computer and a Leap Motion to sense your hand position. The Hololens goggles let you see the environment around you, overlaid with visualizations.
While Behringer’s augmented reality experiments are interesting from a technical standpoint, it’s hard to imagine many synthesists choosing to spend $4-5,000 for a new way to visualize the settings of a $1,000 synthesizer. When it comes to live performance, augmented reality also introduces new barriers to audiences being able to see and understand what electronic musicians are doing.
What do you think of Behringer’s experiments with augmented reality synth control? Do you think there’s a future for augmented reality technology in your studio or stage rig?