Sequencer

  • After a brief online teaser campaign, Poland's Polyend – the same firm responsible for the mesmerizing Perc percussion system from 2016 – has revealed a new music production machine called the Tracker.
  • ​Instrument modder Frank Piesik has combined 3D printing, electronic hackery and touch sensing to create the ElektroCaster that bridges the gap between traditional guitars like a Telecaster and full-on electronic sound makers like the (no longer in production) Kitara.​
  • ​Teenage Engineering has been working on a stand-alone synthesizer and composer you can fit in your inside pocket for a few years now. The OP-Z has now been officially revealed, and is reported to be the first 16-track sequencer that allows for the live composition of music, visuals and lights.​
  • Hackspace tinkerer Koka Nikoladze has built an impressive electromechanical monophonic step sequencer called the BlinkWheel. The looped sounds are triggered when a rotating arm comes into contact with LEDs spaced out around the upper disc.
  • For the last few months, Synthstrom Audible has been showing off a new portable sequencer, synth and sampler at a small number of demonstrations in Wellington and Auckland. With prototyping now in the rear view mirror, the company has announced that the Deluge will go up for pre-order next month.
  • Bringing together different music creation modules and putting them into a single unit isn't exactly a new idea. But where many are essentially geared towards the solo performer, the Duo from Dato works best when two pairs of hands take control.
  • After building a controller, synth, sequencer and learning system around a novel musical note arrangement, French startup Dualo started shipping the intriguing du-touch late in 2014. Now the company is set to hit crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to bring a smaller version to life – the du-touch S.
  • Zoom has revealed a futuristic electronic tambourine at this year's Winter NAMM. The ARQ Aero RhythmTrak is described as a drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, and MIDI controller, and features a Bluetooth-enabled ring for music creation and playback control from movement.
  • Almost 6 years after introducing what was to become the Kitara digital guitar, Misa Digital has launched an alternative take on the step sequencer. The NSC-32 is described as a "live sequencer" that allows users to quickly switch note patterns and manipulate them on a grid.
  • Sweden's Teenage Engineering, best known for its versatile but pricey OP-1 synthesizer (which starts at US$849.00), has unveiled a line of three new synths dubbed Pocket Operator. The pocketable instruments will set you back just $59 when they launch.
  • The du-touch is a new portable controller, synth, sequencer and learning instrument that's based on a patented arrangement of musical notes called the dualo principle. The first production units have now started shipping.
  • During the recent MidiHack weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, an unofficial collaboration between a university professor and three developers from Native Instruments yielded a rather impressive Lego step sequencer, complete with XY pad, faders and rotary controls.