April 21, 2014
There is one good aspect about digital and electronic musical instruments that are hard to compare against other acoustic instruments. That happens to be the idea of cost and price range. Take something like an automobile for example – it has a purpose. No matter how expensive or inconvenient the car actually is, it is expected to get you from point A to point B. Aside from that, you can do it in style or you can barely get by, the choice is up to you. Electronic instruments of the day do not have a purpose in mind like you think. You cannot buy gear and expect it to mix music for you.
Most of the MIDI controllers are laid out with a purpose in mind, but few actually use the same MIDI controller the same way. In fact, there are instruments out there that have no real intended purpose …
July 22, 2013
The Alphasphere is one of those instruments that leave people baffled and confused on first glance. You look at this thing and you think of a few things – one of them is a disco ball light accessory, and the other one is a soccer ball. The last thing you think of is a musical instrument. The creators of the Alphasphere obviously knew that their idea would be revolutionary, but they never had any idea what the general public would think of it or how they would react. Based on the design it should be clear to see what the developers were looking for when they built it.
On a normal box based controller, most of the controls are on the front facing panel, while only a few controls (if any) exist on the side or bottom of the box. Because of this physical challenge – few developers are willing …