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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Moog Foundation ‘Encore’ Soundbank Features Who’s Who Of Synthesis

Bob_Moog_Foundation_MOTU_Encore_SoundbankMOTU and the Bob Moog Foundation have released the Encore Soundbank, a new collection of instrument and percussion sounds, produced in commemoration of Bob Moog’s 81st Birthday, coming up on May 23rd.

Over twenty synthesists and sound designers donated original samples to assist with the creation of the sound library, which offers over 2 GB of material.

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Tin Pan Rhythm App Designed For ‘Song Prototyping’

Tin_Pan_RhythmDeveloper Gil Carmel and team have released Tin Pan Rhythm, a song prototyping tool, based around chord progressions and acoustic instruments.

According to the developers, Tin Pan Rhythm is designed to be a “simple and playful” way to create music.

Carmel explains the philosophy behind Tin Pan Rhythm:

“As a game developer, I’ve spent much of my career optimizing for … human factors – doing my best to craft experiences that are engrossing, intuitive and self-teaching. I wanted to apply these principles to an app aimed at the “musical middle class”: folks who love music, maybe strum a guitar here and there or took viola lessons in third grade.

“My goal is to make tools that are musically expressive, accessible, playful and educational. They should be as fun as playing a real instrument. They should teach you something about music. They should let you make better music than you thought you could. And they should be designed for anyone who wants to use them.”

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