Oddball Combines A Drum Machine & MIDI Controller In A Playable Ball!

Oddball is now on Kickstarter and  looks like a tennis ball, but it is a drum machine/ full featured MIDI controller with which you can make music in a fun way!

Today you can make music not only with classic instruments but also on the go with an iPad or in the movement with a new music gadget similar to a tennis ball. Oddball is a drum machine and full featured velocity sensitive MIDI controller in a ball. It can be connected via Bluetooth to a PC/Mac or mobile device and then works as a classic MIDI controller that triggers sounds from your virtual instrument or app.

Interesting is here that the ball is pressure sensitive that means: the harder you bounce it the more intense the sound, the lighter you bounce it the more delicate. So you can play an instrument and make music in a completely new way everywhere you want. Advanced users can also use multiple Oddballs in a session or just play with friends. In addition to the Oddball, users also get access to a new app that can be described as a small looping DAW. Here is a large number of factory sounds available that you can loop, overdub and refine with effects. Further the ball is easily rechargeable by USB what is very handy.

Oddball is in my opinion a thrilling new Kickstarter project that shows that modern technologies brings the music making process further and opens it to more people. With such projects, people can learn how to make music in a playful way. Oddball is perfect for amateurs but also for advanced players because it’s a creative MIDI controller.

What Does The Developer Say About Oddball?

Making music is an incredibly powerful way to use your imagination. Musicians are very lucky in this sense, but not everybody has the opportunity to make music. We wanted to give everybody the opportunity to create music the same way musicians do. With OddBall, making beats is easy, intuitive, fun and can be done where ever you are.

Oddball comes in two parts, the ball, and the app. The ball behaves as the percussion trigger. Every time you bounce it off a surface, sensors at the heart of the ball communicate with the app via Bluetooth to play a sound through your headphones, speakers, or just the internal speaker on your phone. Oddball is pressure sensitive – The harder you bounce it the more intense the sound, the lighter you bounce it the more delicate. 

You can loop your beats to make complex, intricate tunes, play over your favourite songs and add effects. Since Oddball is inherently shareable, the app will have it’s own social environment, where you can post your latest beats and share them with your community.

Oddball is the most versatile way to play music. Get bouncing, throwing, smashing, flicking, tapping – which ever way you choose to use it, have fun and see what you come up with.Put your headphones, get outside and explore different ways to play with your surroundings. One of the great things about Oddball is that you can play with multiple balls at the same time. Simply plug in a speaker, choose different sounds and jam with your mates.

To get all the experimental musicians excited, we made it possible to use Oddball as a velocity sensitive Bluetooth MIDI controller, so you can connect it to any DAW software on your laptop (such as: Ableton, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, etc.) and control your favourite plugins.

Oddball App

The app allows you to have complete control over the sounds you play. With expansive audio libraries you can choose between traditional or electronic drums, melodic instruments, or any other ‘Odd’ sound under the sun. It has been designed to be super intuitive, so you can focus your time on making your beats. Here are some of the features:

  • Choose and play sounds from a large sound library. 
  • Loop, record and overdub your beats. 
  • Play over your favourite tunes.
  • Connect multiple balls and assign different sounds. 
  • Add your own sounds. 
  • Add sound effects onto your loops. 
  • Share your tunes with your friends.

Oddball is easily rechargeable by USB. The charging cable is inspired by the iconic jack cables you usually see plugged into famous electric instruments, such as the Fender Stratocaster.

The Oddball is available now for pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign for starting price of £59 (about US $77).

More information here: Oddball

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