Understanding The AlphaSphere

Why is it spherical? Why not just use a keyboard?

These are the first questions a lot of musicians have when they see the AlphaSphere MIDI controller. Nu Desine has released a series of videos that look at the these questions, exploring the design ideas underlying the AlphaSphere and how the new instrument works with DAWs and synths.

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Video: Understanding the AlphaSphere

Adam Place, inventor of the Nu Desine AlphaSphere, gives a broad overview of the features of the MIDI controller, and answers some frequently asked questions:

  • What can [one] do with an AlphaSphere?
  • Why wouldn’t [one] just use a keyboard?
  • Why is it spherical?

This short demo is the first video in the company’s tutorial series – Understanding the AlphaSphere.  The tutorial series will be diving into depth with the presets which are available with the AlphaSphere demo project which comes with the device as default.

The next set of videos will act as a guide for setting up the AlphaSphere with AlphaLive as a multichannel MIDI controller and connecting to your DAW. Later demo videos are planned to explore presets 1 to 5 in the demo project and some of the possibilities for mapping multichannel notational arrangements around the sphere.

For more information, check out the Alpha Sphere website, and the Alpha Sphere channel on YouTube.

The Nu Desine AlphaSphere

At the 2013 NAMM Show, we talked with Adam Place and Felix Godden of Nu Desine, creators of the AlphaSphere musical instrument and controller.

The AlphaSphere offers a fresh take on the music controller, supporting standard MIDI messages, but going beyond the typical controller with an unconventional design, pressure-sensitive pads and full polyphonic aftertouch. Continue reading