Developer Isla Instruments has introduced a Kickstarter project to fund the production of the KordBot MIDI controller.
KordBot is described as a ‘music production assistant that combines a chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer In one unit.’ It has 32 built-in chord types including inversions for each, with another eight user-banks for storing custom chord types.
- KordBot contains 32 built-in chord shapes along with inversions.
- Users can also input their own chord shapes.
- Song Builder Mode where KordBot will automatically pre-select all harmonically related chords in a given key and present them to the user for quick access.
- A ChordSpread rotary control expands the amount of notes used in the chord
- Humanisation functions to vary note velocity and starts of notes.
- Chord Strum mode – Use Ribbon controller to strum notes of a chord.
- Access to the same functions as chord mode.
- Standard arpeggio patterns up/down/updown and many different patterns including the ability to enter user patterns.
- Variable note length
- Swing functions
- Sync to an external MIDI clock
- Strum / Repeat / Latch modes
Step Sequencer (currently under development)
- 32 steps
- Up to 4 sequencer channels
- Each step can play a single note, rest, chord or MIDI cc value
- Use as a normal MIDI controller, 32 chord modifier buttons become note on/off buttons (can be used for launching clips in ableton etc)
- All controls, including the pressure and location sensitive ribbon controller, can be assigned to MIDI CC.
- Memory pads can be used as drum pads.
- Two Octave illuminated keyboard (chord fingerings are presented to user)
- 32 ‘Chord Modifiers’ illuminated (8 reconfigurable for user defined chord types)
- Four rotary controllers with push buttons for settings change
- Six Chord Memory pads
- Illuminated 128 x 64 OLED Display
- 4″ force and location sensing ribbon controller, assignable to MIDI cc or used for the ‘strum’ feature.
- Standard MIDI 5 pin DIN IN/OUT
- USB host MIDI interface / power
- SYNC in/out for classic hardware
- Sustain pedal input
- Bluetooth MIDI
- DC input jack (for MIDI only use)
- Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery (if stretch funding goal reached)
The KordBot is available to project backers for US $249. See the project site for details.