At ANR we firmly believe that well-thought-out controllers can help users have a more enjoyable and inspiring music-making experience (and ultimately make better music). This is why last year SoundMachines got us pretty excited with the announcement of Arches – or (arches) as they like to spell it – a desktop multi-surface tactile interface designed to be the ultimate controller surface for both Eurorack and software synth users.
Development proved to be quite challenging, but the boutique Italian company is slowly getting closer to production and has just published the first teaser video of a working prototype.
As said, (arches) is at home both in a Eurorack system – it’s an 84hp module – and in a DAW-based environment – thanks to MIDI and USB connections.
We’re talking of a very versatile controller that features sliders, lightstrips (with rec/loop capabilities), lighplanes with z-axis sensitivity and pressure sensitive buttons. Thanks to the embedded high-speed microcontrollers (arches) can be used to create keyboards, sequencers, arpeggiators, etc.
Price and availability are still to be announced. The company will very likely opt for a crowdfunding campaign (either on Kickstarter or Indiegogo) in Spring, to have the product ready to ship in the Summer. We’ll update this post as more details on (arches) become available. Visit the product page for further info on Arches.
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Founder & main editor here at ANR, 'non-musician' and music-tinkerer. His first keyboard was a cheesy Yamaha PSS-270. He still loves it.
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