World’s First Wireless MIDI Controller For Acoustic Guitar

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Berlin-based musician Robin Sukroso has introduced the ACPAD, described as “the world’s first wireless MIDI controller for acoustic guitar’.

The ACPAD lets you combine acoustic and electronic performance in one instrument, letting you finger drum, trigger loops, control loopers, play electronic instruments and more.

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Paul Vo’s Wond Meets Production Funding Goal

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Designer Paul Vo’s Kickstarter project to fund the production of his new Wond String Exciter has reached its funding goal, with more than two weeks left to go.

The Wond String Exciter is a new device, designed to let you explore new ways of playing string instruments.

Vo’s instruments explore the idea of ‘acoustic synthesis’ – using electronics to control the vibration of physical objects and to shape the harmonics of the resulting sounds.

According to Vo, the Wond is the most powerful handheld exciter, sustainer and controller ever invented. It is a magnetic plectrum for strings, that lets you create infinite sustain and play the harmonics of a string in new ways.
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iRig 2 Interface Now Shipping

IK Multimedia has announced that it is now shipping the iRig 2 – a guitar and bass interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android.

The iRig 2 improves on its predecessor by providing better sound quality and more universal compatibility. Continue reading

The Vo Wand – Official Details & Pricing

At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul VO introduced the Vo Wand – a handheld sustain device that’s designed to give you direct control over the harmonics of strings.

The Wand is part of Vo’s broader interest in ‘acoustic synthesis’, implemented previously with the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel Guitar and Vo 96 guitar.

Vo’s acoustic synthesis tools explore the idea of using electronics to control the amplitude of individual harmonics within vibrating strings. By controlling the harmonics within a guitar string over time, for example, you can synthesize new types of sounds that still are immediately recognizable as being ‘guitar’ sounds.

While the primary audience for the Vo Wand will be guitarists, Vo mentioned to us that it could be used for sound design with other string instruments and for experimenting with other objects that respond to electromagnetic energy.  Continue reading