Eigenharp Alpha, Pico demo and mind-blowing concert (hands-on)

October 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Marketing & Ads | Leave a comment

Remember the Eigenharp Alpha and Pico that we broke news of last week? Sure you do, but we bet you still haven’t a clue how those long, elegant sticks work. The forty employees at Eigenlabs probably heard us simultaneously scratching our heads so they kindly invited us to their London studio for a quick demo, and boy, those musical wands look great up close, not to mention their remarkable flexibility for user configuration as well. John Lambert, Founder and Chairman of Eigenlabs, managed to sneak out of his busy schedule to give us the lowdown on the Eigenharps. It all started in his Devon barn about eight years ago and over time the Alpha was groomed into a 132-key beast, followed by the recently-developed, self-explanatory Pico. The defining character of both Eigenharps lies in their “completely new sensor technology” consisting of pressure sensitive keys, that can do dual-axis vibrato (not dissimilar to string instruments), accompanied by strip controllers for applying filters or pitch bend, or anything at all depending on how you configure them on their Mac software suite (Windows-support due in January). Likewise with the breath pipe: once you’ve loaded your library and presets you can switch from a Kenny G to a Daft Punk at the simple click of a key. Heck, you can even configure the air pressure sensitivity as well if you’re tickling for a soft mood, or just feeling lazy. And those funky LED lights, you ask? Well, they’re actually indicators for the different modes you’re in rather than just being pretty. Watch the walkthrough videos after the break and you’ll get a better idea.

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