The Erae Touch is a multi-touch pad controller that they say is exceptionally sensitive to finger touch and percussion mallets or sticks. It can support up to 10 simultaneous points of contact, at extremely low latency, for real-time live performances.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“The surface is made of soft silicone, allowing for smooth transitions, with very precise and flawless transitions. This midi controller enables musical touch such as vibratos, portamentos or pizzicato, like one would play on a real acoustic instrument.
The built-in array of 1,000 Force Sensors and RGB LEDs coupled with the configuration software the Erae Lab, allows for any configuration with up to 32 layouts stored on the device in standalone mode. The Erae Lab offers the ability to customize your pad with various music objects and control zones such as faders, xyz pads, isomorphic grids or multi-track step sequencers. It will also come with several pre-made settings and offer the ability to share your templates with other users. It was built to control any digital audio workstation or MIDI compatible synthesizers through its USB-Type C and MIDI-TRS port (also compatible with the new MIDI 2.0 standard).”
The hardware device will also come with a version of AudioDamage’s Continua plugin and expand the capabilities of the software with MPE-ready templates.
Pricing and Availability:
The Erae Touch is available to project backers for about $689. The project has already met its funding goal.
Note that crowd-funding projects entail risk to participants. See the project site for details.