Tone Lab is a design concept, created by industrial designer Colin Hearon, for a new type of synthesizer.
Tone Lab is designed to be hands-on and tactile like a modular synth, but drastically simplified, to make it much more user-friendly. Patches are created by stacking elements of a sound. Stacking allows users to physically build layers of sounds, just as layers of effects are built up in software applications.
Here’s the official intro video:
Tone Lab is a musical synthesizer kit that upends the traditional software-based approach to digital music production techniques.
Currently, music making software is structured in a very technical manner not conducive to learning. Complicated menus, idiosyncratic functions, and highly technical options are incredibly prohibitive to young, new artists.
Tone Lab is restructured to be playful and informative, teaching the basic tools of digital music production by making them into physical building blocks that users can stack up, hearing how the effects interact with one another in real time. The pieces each have graphical elements that teach real industry terms so that users can acquire useful and relevant knowledge.This service allows new users to access the creative world of digital music making, broadening creative diversity in the field.
See Hearon’s site for more details.
via Yanko Design