Loom Multidimensional MPE MIDI Controller Kickstarter Blows Past Funding Goal, With A Week Left

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Aodyo InstrumentsKickstarter campaign for Loom, a new MPE MIDI controller, has blown past its funding target, reaching more than double its goal, with about a week left to go in its campaign.

The Loom is a multidimensional MPE MIDI Controller, designed to let each finger to control pitch (X axis), timbre (Y), and dynamics (Z) independently. In addition, a patent-pending dynamic sensing system analyzes when your fingers land to determine impact force.

It offers four playing modes:

  • MIDI Keyboard, offering access to a two or three-octave range. You can play notes, bend them, nuance individual attacks, and add expression by sliding along the keys.
  • MIDI Ribbon, allowing for smooth sliding across its surface. Optionally, it can make sure you land on the right note, making it easier to play with others, without losing the free-form nature of the ribbon.
  • MIDI Strum mode lets you choose a chord with one hand and strum virtual strings with the other.
  • MIDI Drumkit mode is designed to provide you with an efficient layout for finger-drumming. It can sense the way your finger hits the surface, as well as the position of your hit.


Features:

  • Playing modes: Includes keyboard, ribbon, strum, and drumkit modes, with more to be added via software updates. All are customizable with the included editor. Third-party development is also encouraged via a developer mode.
  • Multidimensional multitouch surface: Allows independent control of pitch (X), timbre (Y), and dynamics (Z) for each finger.
  • Available in two or three-octave configurations. Enhanced control: Provides unique sensors that complement the main surface: thumb- activated tactile sliders and bars on the front and back edge, as well as a pressure-sensitive action zone on the left.
  • Built for MPE and legacy MIDI: Loom is optimized for MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression), but fully compatible with non-MPE MIDI instruments, with easy connection via USB-C or MIDI TRS cable with a wide range of hardware and software.

Pricing and Availability:

Production of the Aodyo Instruments Loom is being funded via a Kickstarter project, and it is available to project backers starting at €259, which is 35% off the planned retail price.

Note: Crowdfunded projects can involve risk. See the project site for more information.

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