Have you ever wanted to play an instrument, but were afraid that it would be too difficult? You know that you can keep a beat, but if someone put an instrument in your hands, you wouldn’t know where to start. Even if you can play some pretty awesome air guitar, it doesn’t really make a sound on its own. If you could pick an instrument and immediately start playing it without having to take any formal training, what sort of music would you make?
We love LEGOs because they don’t limit our ability to create by providing us with simple tools to make amazing creations. The Artiphon is a single device that will connect to your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and can be any instrument you want, but won’t require you to know what you’re doing. You don’t have to know how to use a pick to hear guitar, where to put your fingers for piano, or how to hold a bow to play violin. All you need is the gesture of strumming, tapping, bowing, sliding, and more.
The device looks like the neck of a guitar, slightly resembling the more complex Rockband guitars. This will work with any MIDI-compatible software, and can be played however feels best to you. This will make music-making as effortless as building a castle in Minecraft. This works with hundreds of pre-existing apps, and can make any sound imaginable. There are built-in speakers so you don’t have to worry about plugging into an amp, but you can plug in headphones when you don’t want to disturb others. You can change the tuning, assign different instruments to each string, play multiple notes per string, and every note will be as loud or soft as the pressure you put on it. This will cost you $350-400 depending on whether you want a case and strap or not.
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