As seen throughout the years, there’s been a general tendency in the music instruments industry to allow, or at least facilitate, controlling the MIDI events produced by an instrument. That’s the case of the ACPAD, designed by Robin Sukroso, that will be distributed starting in May 2016. The ACPAD allows players to blend both acoustic and electronic sounds with FX and assignable touch pads.
During the past two years the ACPAD team has invested in hours of research, development and testing before arriving at the final pre-production model. In order to make the next step, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Kickstarter on October 22, managing to achieve its primary €40,000 (US$44,500) target in less than an hour.
The device contains eight pressure sensitive touch pads that can be assigned to any MIDI intrument, sound effect or sample that you can imagine. They are designed with gold-plated contacts in order to provide accurate pressure sensitivity. In addition to the pads you get many other programmable actuators, so that the player can have a multitude of different instruments or effects at any time. And if you’re thinking about the latency of the controller, being wireless, you don’t have to worry. The ACPAD can be used wired as well, but the creator assured that it has no noticeable latency.
What can ACPAD do for you
The ACPAD is powered by a USB-rechargeable battery that offers four to five hours of continuous play. It is supported by its own standalone software that enables the user to edit their own MIDI data and assign sounds. It also includes the basic presets shown in the demo video, so that it can be used straight out of the box. Although the controller itself does not contain any data storage, you can create or record the sound they desire with any MIDI software and then use it to program any ACPAD button. The ACPAD is thin enough to keep from interfering with your guitar’s natural resonance, and you can just stick it on with no modifications.
- 8 Touch Pads.
- 10 Preset buttons.
- 2 Looper channels.
- 2 Slider faders.
- Custom sounds and effects.
- Compatible with all DAWs.
- Easily attached and removed.
Watch the video of Robin Sukroso playing with the ACPAD on his guitar.