Programmable Instrument Brings Geeks Back on Stage

Lots of music has at least some electronic components these days, but for the producers who mix the beats behind the scenes live performances can be a little anticlimactic. The team behind the Alpha Sphere design aims to bring the technical members of the band out onto the stage by giving them a new type of instrument to play. The Alpha Sphere is an electronic instrument featuring tons of pressable pads that actually play pre-programmed sounds. The pads are pressure sensitive and play differently based on how hard they are pressed.

With this amazing instrument, the geeks who make the behind-the-scenes stuff work can come out on stage and work their magic along with the rest of the band. With the ability to record any sound, the Alpha Sphere could add some incredible new elements to live performances. The team behind the innovative instrument is looking for funding to start producing and selling Alpha Spheres commercially.

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