The developers had a goal of raising $10,000 to support production of their unique MIDI controller. Instead, the Kickstarter project just topped $1,000,000 – 100 times their goal – with 8 hours left to go.
The unique feature of the TheoryBoard is that it’s a MIDI controller focused on demystifying music theory. The controller features a grid of square keys, where notes and scales are laid out in consistent patterns to make it easier to understand their relationships.
But while the TheoryBoard is designed to make musical relationships easy to see and play with, it also has a lot of features tailored to people that know some music theory.
Because the project blew past its fundraising goals, the developers have ‘unlocked’ a variety of additional features:
- Performance mode (allows user to save chords in a designated area to recall for certain songs/performances)
- Change color palettes
- Bass mode (doubles notes so they can be played with rapid fire in tandem)
- Arpeggiator (we already have a beta version of this)
- Step sequencer (sequence chords AND/OR single notes)
- Allow program changes via MIDI CC, NRPN, or single pads designated to individual MIDI channels
- Change voicing, spread, or octave of singular chords instead of the whole set (and save them this way)
- Different strum types besides up and down
- Pitch/mod support on pads or touch screen
- Juxtapose chords on both sides (same scale or not)… same with single notes (mix and match anything)
- Support MIDI in via USB
- Alternative spread function. Spread “root note” or “spread entire chord” (this gives big open voicings)
- Turn off octave folding
- Live note update automatically updates via MIDI IN when chords are played in the DAW
- Latch key in menu. Press pad… latched… press again… unlatched
- Drum kit mode
- Live note update on own its own MIDI channel
- Note Repeat Mode (similar to MPC)
Pricing and Availability
The TheoryBoard Thy333 is being funded via a Kickstarter project and is available to backers for $499 USD. As with other crowdfunding projects, the project has risks, which are detailed at the site, in exchange for giving backers ‘Early Bird’ pricing.