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Crowdfunding Corner: TheoryBoard, Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, Klein Bottle pedal, Field Kit FX

Laura  Barnes
Crowdfunding Corner: TheoryBoard, Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1, Klein Bottle pedal, Field Kit FX

MI Pro checks out the latest musical instrument projects looking for backers, or recently funded, on popular crowdsourcing sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo.


The TheoryBoard is the evolution of the MIDI controller. Its innovative lay out allows the user access to a new way of perceiving music, making it the ultimate hack for production and composition.

The previously complex world of scales, chords, inversions, melody, and harmony is packaged into an easy-to-use, simplified form. By merging colour and sound, the TheoryBoard provides a synthetic experience for anyone interfacing with the product.
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Diatonic scales, chord groups, and the correlations between them are expressed through colour giving the user a unique advantage by allowing visual reference points while playing. The TheoryBoard houses every scale known to man. When the user selects a scale they have full access to every note and every possible chord within that scale.

Get involved on the TheoryBoard Kickstarter page.



The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1 is an ultra-expressive, next-generation MIDI controller that lets you play your favourite music software with familiar techniques.

With this inventive instruments you can strum, bow, and tap your favourite sounds on iOS, Mac, and PC. Users can choose from any tuning and even design their own instruments.

You can play in multiple positions, such as guitar, violin, upright, tabletop, and lap.

The INSTRUMENT 1 is a smart connected device that plugs into hundreds of music-making apps on iOS, Mac, and Windows computers.

Find out more over at the Artiphon Instrument 1 Indiegogo page.



The Klein Bottle by VFE Pedals is designed for noise makers, soundscape artists, endless tinkerers and tone wizards. This epic pedal starts by splitting the input signal into three FX loops.

Each FX loop has dedicated controls for pre-gain, HPF/LPF (bandwidth filters), and main mix level. This allows you to send different parts of the signal to different effects, and blend them all back together to create new tones out of your existing pedals.

But wait, there's more! The magic happens when you use the independent feedback controls to send the signal from one FX loop into another...and then back again. Keep your existing tone intact with the DRY knob, while layering a cornucopia of sonic goodness on top.  

Check out VFE Pedals’ Klein Bottle in more detail over at the Kickstarter page.



KOMA Electronik’s Field Kit FX is a mad machine packed with a bunch of cool effects and features. It is built up from seven separate functional blocks all focused on mangling and changing incoming audio and CV signals.

They are designed to operate together as a coherent addition to our Field Kit Electroacoustic Workstation or alternatively together with other pieces of music electronics with the ability to use control voltage signals.

With every Field Kit FX comes a booklet called “Another 50 Ways To Use The Field Kit FX,” which, besides being the official user manual, offers up examples of 50 different setups with the Field Kit FX to spark your imagination to experiment with the effects unit.

Find out more about KOMA Electronik’s Field Kit FX on the Kickstarter page.


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