The Lumatone Microtonal Keyboard is being launched at NAMM and features 275 illuminated, programmable and hexagonal keys. Updated with pricing, dates and a new video.
It’s like something out of a dream or an episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. It’s a beautifully realised instrument and MIDI controller that can be mapped to any tuning or temperament. And although it’s sporting a very colour palette in these images you can give each hexagon whatever colour you like.
There are 10 buttons to load presets and it’s encased in a premium anodized aluminium case.
This sort of isomorphic arrangement crops up in touch-applications like Bitwig and Yeco and can offer an interesting way to play and interact with sounds. But how well that translates into expressive hardware is going to be interesting to see.
This new video gets much deeper into why you should be interested in this.
Lumatone will be opening up orders in the summer. The eventual retail will be $3,999 but you’ll be able to bag one for $2,999 if you get yourself on their email priority list. Sign up on their website to be notified of when that happens.
So is it the expressive instrument of your dreams or Q*Bert’s nightmare?
- Lumatone webpage.