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The Mogees Play could be the most inventive approach to creating and interacting with a modern interface yet. This little device uses microphones to turn your surroundings into an interactive musical board.
You can attach this device to any objects like a wooden surface, a Tree or even a balloon. Users can record different sound patterns like a single finger tab, a clap or play drums with a stick. Combining and associating all these different sound patterns can give you a nice music score you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
The Mogees Go is a kickstarter project and comes with 3 new apps, namely Pulse, Jam, and Keys! Their current goal is to raise £40,000 for this project.
The first generation Mogees is already available on Amazon with mostly favorable reviews.
How does this work?
The Mogees sensor uses sensitive microphones on the device to convert vibrations into electrical signals based on the surface it is attached to. Developed by Zamborlin in Paris, the accompanied software then analyses the acoustics to produce an unique sound. The software reads and extracts features like frequency, timbre, time delay and amplitude to develop the sound out. The user can use different gestures in order to create different sounds notes. Bases on the user gesture, a high or a low pitch sound is created.
- Item Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions: 7.1″x4.4″x2.2″
- iOS 8 and above is supported running on iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6Plus, 6S, iPad 2, 3, 4 iPad Air, Mini, Mini 2
- Limited Android handsets from Samsung which supports Samsung Professional Audio are supported. These include Galaxy S5, S5 Neo, Galaxy S6 Active, Edge, S6, S6 Plus, A9 (2016), Galaxy A7 (2016), Galaxy A5 (2016 Model) etc.
What you will like?
- Innovative Midi sound creator tool for the masses.
- No need to invest in expensive musical instruments.
- Works with most apple devices and some Android devices.
- The App works without much difficulties.
What you will not like?
- Most Android devices are not compatible due to its limitations
- A audio interface with 1/4″ connection is required to be used with Mac or PC, but no native software support.
- No out of the box support for Windows
- The features can easily be replicated as an in-built feature on future smartphones.
If you like your music and you are waiting for an opportunity to take the next steps into the work of music creation, then you should definitely go for this. However, for a $129 price tag this is a bit on the expensive side.