Developer Alex Duncan of WillowISP shared this introduction to the Wisp, a new expressive MIDI controller, based on the Sensel Morph touchpad.
The Wisp is designed to give you continuous control over pitch, timbre and volume for each note that you play. And the Wisp’s Isomorphic Key layout is designed so that fingering align consistently with the harmonic relationships of music.
- Ease of playing massive chords – Each of the Wisp’s rows is an octave above the one below, so you can span the entire range of the instrument with one hand.
- Isomorphic key layout – Unlike many traditional acoustic instruments, the distance between semitones is always the same, in every key. This means the shape of a riff or chord always matches its sound.
- Low latency – The Willowisp software updates many hundreds of times per second for fluid responsiveness.
- MPE support – Bending or vibrato on multiple notes at the same time. Polyphonic aftertouch. The Wisp Was made for that. Control pitch bend by sliding finger to the left or right, and MPE “Slide” with up or down.
- Expressive control – Inside the Wisp is a Sensel Morph, a touchpad that continuously captures not only X and Y locations, but extremely sensitive pressure measurements (32,000 levels.)
- Visualization software – The visualization in the Willowisp software can take the place of traditional sheet music, translating MIDI files into a visualization of the notes on the Wisp.
Pricing and Availability
The Wisp is available made to order, priced at $650 USD.