Bedroom music makers have more power today than The Beatles ever had at their disposal, but getting the sounds you want often involves a mountain of equipment. Thankfully, a new tool for Mac and PCs lets you through out some of the more obtrusive MIDI equipment by turning your desk into an instrument.
The Pulse Surface Controller uses
magic a piezo microphone, which sticks onto any surface and registers vibrations from any source – such as your hands or a pair of drumsticks. That information shimmies down the USB cable and into the PSC’s bespoke software, at which point its turned into proper music.
The piezo microphone measures the velocity of your drumming, which allows it to determine different hit strengths as well as the area of the surface that was struck. It’s perfect for drumming, but can also be used to create ‘happy accidents’ with melodies, if you set the software to act as a piano or guitar.
Making music on the move? You can attach the microphone to your laptop and start smacking that about. Genius or insanity? Watch the video below for a demo: