The Vibe Bar is sort of a ‘whammy bar for keyboards’. It sits in front of your keyboard and provides a natural way to add pitch bend and vibrato to your performance.
Woodward has shared several demos, embedded above and below, that demonstrate the Vibe Bar in action:
The Vibe Bar lets you do accurate pitch bends, using a 4-axis bar:
- semitone up or down = roll full forward or back
- Tone up or down = full right or full left
- Tone and a half (minor 3rd) up or down = full right & forward or full left & back
- Vibrato is imparted by gentle rocking the bar from side to side
The Vibe Bar is USB-powered. It also has DIN MIDI Out and pedal and breath control inputs, for additional expressive possibilities.
The Vibe Bar is part of Woodward’s broader interest in making synths more immediate and more expressive. In the following video, Woodward demos the Vibe Bar, in conjunction with an expression pedal to control filter cutoff and his custom ‘Claude Controller, which lets him control all the parameters of a synth patch in real time:
Pricing and Availability
The Vibe Bar is available now for $350 AUD + postage. See the Sonic Manipulations site for more information.