Play the Violin Like a Pro


What is a musician to do when they want to take up a completely different instrument? Well, in the case of Dylan Menzies, create a gadget that produces sweet sounds without the years and years of practice. This sax and keyboard player wanted to come up with an authentic method to reproduce the sweet sounds of a violin. So he took to technology.

The O-Bow involves an optical sensor, software and a mini keyboard. The sensor detects angle and speed of the bow. The keyboard enables Menzies to choose the notes to play and the software processes it all and enables creation of different sounds. In a matter of minutes you can produce realistic violin sounds while sitting at your computer. Menzies plans to bring the O-Bow to market, but no launch plans exist yet. For anyone looking to record music or who simply loves the sounds you suddenly have a violin at your disposal.

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