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5 Cool, Unique & Interesting Musical Gadgets (2020)

With constant developments in apps, portability, Bluetooth, and more on the way, it’s really exciting to see some of the tech coming out of the music industry. Here's a rundown on what we think are some of the most exciting bits of gear to come out of the woodwork lately.



Artiphon Orba

Artiphon Orba

The Orba is a small, round device currently being crowdfunded and developed by instrument company Artiphon. This device incorporates an accelerometer allowing for the user to program it to pitch-bend, filter, or any number of cool techniques.

These functions can be controlled with the flick of your wrist or an extended press on one of the pads.

The Orba has a built-in separate synthesizer and looper and can be connected to a stack of apps with Bluetooth or USB connectivity.


DJ Tech Tools Midi Fighter

DJ Tech Tools Midi Fighter

The MIDI FIGHTER is one of the coolest and most recognized button controllers on the scene.

DJ TechTools first released it on the market back in 2013 and, over time, adding new features like accelerometer-based controls and FX parameters.

It's a must-have for finger drummers, especially those looking to find more fun and visual way to experience their creativity.




Probably one of the first and most infamously successful Kickstarter projects next to Oculus, the SubPac is still evolving.

The SubPac is a wearable low-frequency resonating unit. In conjunction with a built-in headphone amp, the SubPac imitates that feeling in the body that can only be generated by a pumping sound system.

The SubPac gives the user the ability to FEEL the bass that comes with the sound they are creating and gives a distinct edge when it comes to the creation of bass music genres like grime, dubstep, and house.


Joué Play

Joué Play

The Joué Play is a fun and compact unit which finally achieves what many others have attempted: instantaneous modular switch-outs.

The Joué Play consists of a base unit and several rubber strips that lay down over the top of the base unit.

These strips consist of touch-sensitive and responsive material with various shapes and patterns. Allowing for expressive slide gestures and programmable responses, the Joué Play really shines in a noticeable way.

The Joué Play comes with a stack of epic sounds and samples and can be fully customized, replaced or tweaked with its companion app and an iOS adapter.

With unparalleled plug-and-play capability, and the ability to switch between instrument surfaces in under a second, this controller has a lot of bang-for-buck.


Jammy EVO

Jammy EVO

Ever wonder what happened to the infamous Key-tar’s of the ’80s? Well, a lot actually. US-based Jammy Instruments won NAMM’s prestigious 2018 Best In Show Awards for their bold new iteration of the MIDI guitar.

Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to demo and review their first iteration.
The EVO features the same great design that was found in the original Jammy but with some nifty upgrades.

For starters, the EVO’s frame is collapsible and fits into a small backpack.

It also has (optional) replaceable metal strings and an accelerometer that can be MIDI-mapped for any use, such as a filter or classic whammy bar.

With the inclusion of several knobs and button encoders; you have the freedom to map, trigger, and control effects in multiple different ways.

This bad boy suits any genre and gives you a ton of expression to get your musical ideas from concept to creation.

The lightweight nature and great form factor add to this aesthetically pleasing little kit that honestly ticks just about every box you could think of when trying to design a midi guitar.


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