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Lekholm Instruments DM48X

Lekholm Instruments DM48X  ·  Source: Lekholm Instruments


Lekholm Instruments has announced a new version of their harmonica inspired MIDI wind controller. The DM48X has Bluetooth MIDI, a ribbon controller and slider control.



No, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a harmonica MIDI controller either, but Lekholm Instruments have been selling the DM48 for about 5 years. Now it’s introducing the DM48X to finally get rid of the cables and bring in some enhanced performance capabilities.

The idea is to bring the expressive nature of harmonica playing to bear on a wider range of sounds and offer something different to the usual musical MIDI controllers. Inside are 12 pressure sensors that detect positive and negative pressure as you blow and draw air through it. These are then translated into MIDI notes and expressive modulation data. You can use your breath to apply modulation but there’s also a ribbon controller and 3 sliding buttons that you can use to transpose or change sounds.

All the settings can be accessed via the OLED screen including enabling the Bluetooth connection and pairing with your iOS device or computer. You can store up to 18 tunings and presets on the device, access mono and poly modes, configure MIDI channels, MPE modes and velocity sensing. The DM48X is purely a MIDI controller and doesn’t have any sounds of its own.

The DM48X is a comprehensive and unusual MIDI controller that offers a wonderfully compact and portable way to generate electronic music that’s very performance-based. I think it’s pretty special and the video below is just brilliant.


The DM48X is available for 11,000 SEK which is around £867.

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2 responses to “DM48X: The unique MIDI harmonica wind controller goes wireless”

    Dave says:

    MIDI harmonicas have been around for a while, but they’ve never really taken off because people just look waaaay too sexy using them:


    NEEDS ONE!!!!
    HOW MUCH???

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