ACPAD – midi-controller, which will turn your guitar in the orchestra

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ACPAD is the world’s first wireless MIDI-controller for guitarists. This gadget is capable of turning the classical six-string guitar in a full-fledged synthesizer with a built-in sampler, a bunch of settings and other sound buns. Device is developed by a German musician Robin Sukroso, who since 2009 has experimented with different prototypes and finally presented us with the final version of his invention.

The idea of ACPAD is ingeniously simple. You just have to stick a thin synthesizer of polymeric material on the front deck of the guitar, no glue is required, since it is held firmly enough on the smooth surface of the guitar itself, while at any time it can be easily peeled off without damaging the tool. There are various synthesizer controls, including two sliders, 10 buttons of audio settings, two samplers with the ability to record and loop sounds and 8 round touchpads with touch sensitivity and gold-plated contacts for more precise work on the surface.

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All functions of the synthesizer are easily set up and programmed using the official software. The musician can assign sounds to keys of a variety of musical instruments, thus making his guitar a real orchestra. Of course, to complete the work of the gadget it must be connected to a computer or a mobile device through a USB or wireless connection. ACPAD charges from a battery hidden in its body, which is enough for 4-5 hours of continuous use of the guitar.

One of the most important tasks of the development of ACPAD was to minimize the delay between pressing the button on the controller and audio playback. In the final version of the device delays were kept to a minimum possible, in which the musician does not feel any discomfort. You can see the operation of the device in the video below. The composition is performed by the creator of ACPAD Robin Sukroso.

The device should go on sale in May 2016, as long as now you can support the developers in the crowdfunding portal Kickstarter. ACPAD is currently available at a discounted price of 219 euros, and after it went on sale price will soar to 349 euros.

ACPAD – midi-controller, which will turn your guitar in the orchestra updated: November 6, 2015 author: Darina