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Kadabra set to bring a little magic to electronic music creation

by • January 19, 2016 • No Comments

We’re no strangers to electronic music creation innovations here at Gizmag. Over the years we’ve seen giant synths, expressive boards and keyboards, guitar-like hybrids, interesting futuristic multi-instruments and, frankly, oddball tone generators. A team of Israeli creaters and musicians has now entered the arena with Kadabra, a wireless wooden instrument that is definitely said to bring a new approach to music creation and performing.

  • The Tribal Tools NAMM team with the three flavors of Kadabra
  • The Kadabra drawing a crowd at Camden Market in London, UK, recently
  • The 120 cm (47 in) long, 5 kg (11 lb) instrument is created of hardwood and ...
  • Dedicated software needs to be running on a laptop or desktop for Kadabra to work

“I’ve always been via the many high end musical tools for live electronic performance since the 90s, but I kept attempting to understand why there isn’t a proper jump in innovation, like the synthesizer in the 60s/70s,” Kadabra’s inventor and CEO of Tribal Tools, Tul Ben Ari, told Gizmag. “In search of an instrument that can enable us to express our inspiration, to be intuitive adequate to become a part of our body, and that can play the many harsh live music, I created and patented the Kadabra.”

In development for 5 years and the initially of a number of tools created for creaters, performers and musicians, the 120 cm (47 in) long, 5 kg (11 lb) instrument is created of hardwood and combines high-end electronics, smart algorithms and an eye-catching, ergonomic create that wouldn’t be out of place in a Klingon armory. There are 24 capacitive copper pipe keys carved into the lower part of the body, flanked by smart multicolored LED lighting. The upper section is home to 12 control buttons, three thumb buttons and three pressure sensors, six utility buttons and a wheel encoder.

All of the buttons have been created for durability and the lights correspond to scales, tones and functions to donate the player a visual performance or learning reference. Up to 16 various sounds can play simultaneously and motion sensors allow the player to control various parameters or create specific sounds/impacts with sharp or flowing movements.

“Kadabra is wireless and has motion sensors therefore it donates musicians the option to get up of their studio desk and begin moving, playing music while controlling a wide range of showcases, via all parts of their body, and play live on stage like never preceding, this is a new concept of musicality,” said Tribal Tools’ creative manager Nir Shraiber.

Tribal Tools promises players zero latency thanks to long range wireless innovation, but hasn’t yet announced exactly that flavor is being utilized (though we do understand that it is not Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). Dedicated software needs to be running on a laptop or desktop for Kadabra to work, that can sync with stand-alone VST instruments, MIDI devices or digital audio workstations over MIDI. It in addition sports a USB port for physical connectivity and updates, and to charge Kadabra’s built-in battery.

Performers can use the Scaler to create scales and harmonies, fire up the onboard MIDI-based Sequencer for harsh rhythms creation, dial in the Arpeggiator to turn played notes into a looped pattern or commence the MIDI Looper, that allows for the player to alter the tone, alter the tempo, lengthen or shorten the loop and jump scales on the fly.

The Viber showcase is mentioned as “an growing and contracting time-based short loop player” and allows for for manipulation of loops and sequences via vibration alters in their timeframes. The head unit can in addition be swapped out for a microphone mount to control vocal sounds or add impacts.

Tribal Tools aims to release the Kadabra in the 2nd half of 2016. A effortless wood option is priced at US$1,650, a black version comes in at $1,840 and a red flavor can set you back $1,890. Visitors to NAMM in California this week can be treated to live demos of the electronic instrument. You can get a brief taste of what’s on contribute in the video at a lower place.

Source: Tribal Tools

  • Kadabra donates musicians the option to get up of their studio desk and begin moving, playing music
  • The head unit can in addition be swapped out for a microphone mount to control vocal sounds or add impacts
  • The upper section is home to 12 control buttons, three thumb buttons and three pressure sensors, six utility buttons and a wheel encoder

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