Ireland-based Joyst Instruments has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the Joyst, a unique MIDI controller, based around gamer-style joysticks, that they say is designed to make music creation tactile and expressive.
“The Joyst is a total rethink of what a MIDI controller can be,” they say. “Every note gets its own analogue joystick for expressive control of pitch-bending and after-touching.”
The Joyst also lays out notes in a hexagonal pattern, which means that every chord type is the same shape, and every scale type uses the same fingering when you transpose it, which they describe as ‘the joy of hex’.
The Joyst also supports the new MPE standard, so every note can be articulated individually. You can use a USB cable to plug it into your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), hardware synth or have individual control over each note.
Pricing and Availability
Production of the Joyst is being funded via a Kickstarter project and it is available to project backers starting at €199.