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futuristic digital music instruments

Published 5:40 AM ET, Thu June 27, 2013
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The Artiphon Instrument 1 was invented by Mike Butera in Nashville. The multi-instrument is powered by an iPhone and can be played as a guitar, violin, bass or keyboard. Courtesy Artiphon
The AlphaSphere is an instrument consisting of 48 elastic pads which respond to touch, velocity and pressure. The layout of notes can be arranged according to the user's preference. The AlphaSphere will be released later this year. Courtesy nu desine
The Eigenharp was launched in late 2009. With 72 main keyboard keys, 12 percussion keys, a strip controller and optional mouthpiece, it was designed to be "the world's most expressive electronic musical instrument." Courtesy Eigenlabs
The You Rock Guitar is an affordable digital MIDI guitar. It was designed for home or studio recording and connects with a broad range of computers and mobile devices. Sort of like a Guitar Hero controller, but for grown-ups. Courtesy YouRock digital
The Reactable began its life as a glowing table, which is played by placing different blocks on its surface. The interface has subsequently been shrunk down and turned into an app available on iPhone and iPad, but it takes considerable practice to master. Courtesy Reactable
In 2011, the MO was the winner of Georgia Tech's Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition. The MO allows people to turn everyday objects into their own digital musical instruments, which can be controlled through different types of motion. The MO was featured at the MoMA gallery in New York. IRCAM (CNRS-UPMC)/Nodesign.net/ Da Fact /Atelier des Feuillantines/Grame/Voxler
Akai's EWI4000S was designed to be an "evolution of wind instruments." The instrument can be plugged into a wireless audio setup to allow musicians to use the EWI wirelessly in live performances. Akai say that it has "made the breath, vibrato, glide time, and bend width controls easily accessible and totally adjustable" to make the EWI a valuable tool for recording artists. Courtesy inMusicBrands
The Samchillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee is a keyboard MIDI controller based on changes of pitch, rather than fixed pitches. Each key on the keyboard does not denote a fixed pitch, as it would on a normal keyboard, but rather a change of pitch. A user first selects a scale and a key, and then every note played will be in that set of notes. Courtesy Leon Gruenbaum