Get past the strange looks of most of them and they still remain really cool musical instruments!
From touchscreen guitars to clip on percussive instruments, these instruments are so strange that they are actually awesome! Here we round up some of the best, weirdest, and plain cool instruments to have surfaced in recent times.
1. Korg Cliphit
It looks like a giant egg on first glance, but honestly more to this clip-on instrument from Korg. Attach the three clips to any tappable surface (table, clothing, etc) and a footswitch to get your bass going and you have a cool percussive instrument at your disposal. While the sound quality may not be top notch, it’s good enough to make it into a good practice session. You can purchase this item here.
2. Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S
The Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2S is a portable DJ effect unit that fits into the palm of your hand. The 2S is the successor to Korg’s previous model, the Korg Mini Kaoss Pad. Similar to the previous edition, the 2S has a touchpad in the center, has 100 effects in total and additionally allows sampling, hence explaining the ‘S’. You can use it as a simple recorder or even a mobile vocoder. You can buy the device here.
3. Misa Digital Kitara
While the shape mostly is in the shape of an actual guitar, it also features a touchscreen slap right where the sound hole or pickups usually are. The sounds are created with the support of an open source software, and includes on-board synth tones that can be played using the 144 buttons along the neck. The Misa Digital was an experimental instrument and the production has since stopped, but a similar alternative is the Tri-Bass. Stay updated through the website to know when the instruments roll out again here.
4. JamHub Greenroom
The perfect gadget for people in a band whose neighbours just can’t stop complaining about the noise you are making. The JamHub Greenroom is essentially a box that each band member can plug their instruments into along with a set of headphones to hear how they play with the rest of the band. Now this is something cool that we can definitely use! You can buy it here.
5. The Eigenharp
An invention of Eigenlabs, their line of Eigenharps namely the pico, tau and alpha are considered to be the most expensive electronically expressive instruments to ever be made. The Eigenharp is nevertheless finding a good niche place with its use in the music industry. It uses 133 keys and two ribbons to play and sample notes and can record loops, change scale and key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, create arrangements, switch and layer multiple sounds, while a performance is on! You can make your purchase here.