Artiphon – creators of the Instrument 1 and Orba synthesizers & MIDI controllers – has launched a Kickstarter project to fund production of the Chorda, a new synthesizer, looper and MIDI controller that’s designed to be played in a variety of ways.
It features 12 capacitive-sensing pads, an built-in synthesizer & sample engine, a looper, support for MIDI and is also an MPE controller.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
“Chorda is an incredibly versatile instrument. In fact, it’s like having many instruments in one! You can play Chorda flat like a keyboard or drum machine, or pick it up and strum like a guitar or ukulele.
Chorda lets you play music intuitively, whether you’ve never picked up an instrument or if you’ve played your whole life. With feather-sensitive “capacitive touch” sensors, it picks up even the slightest (or the wildest!) movements so you can express yourself instantly and explore your favorite music in new ways.”
- 12 capacitive-sensing pads respond to even the lightest velocities and enable per-note expression in multiple dimensions
- Bridge with six triggers for individual note articulation using familiar gestures like strumming, tapping, and pressing
- Onboard synthesizer and sample engine, and built-in speaker offer an immediate, standalone playing experience
- Accelerometer and gyroscope capture a range of multi-dimensional movements
- Use the built-in looper to easily layer Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts
- Connect to the cross-platform Artiphon app for more sounds, songs, and settings
- Connect via MIDI over Bluetooth or USB-C, and use MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) to play your synths and music software in dynamic new ways
- Use the 1/8″ (3.5mm) output to listen on headphones, speakers, and amps
- Multicolor LEDs respond to the way you play
- Embedded haptic engine offers vibration feedback
- USB rechargeable battery with 4+ hours of battery life
Chorda supports the following MIDI expressive controls:
- Vibrato (Pitch)
- Radiate (CC74)
- Press (Channel Pressure, Aftertouch)
- Tilt (CC1)
- Move (CC113)
Pricing and Availability:
The Chorda is available to project backers starting at $199 USD.
Note: Crowdfunded projects involve risk. See the project site for details.