The airpiano is an innovative MIDI and OSC controller. It allows the user to trigger invisible keys and faders in midair.
The airpiano was the first musical interface to introduce an intuitive and simple touch-free interaction. Most touch-free interfaces require users to stare at a display, while the user’s hand gestures in 3D space control elements on the screen. However, musicians and performers need to be able to play their instruments in a more free and intuitive way. The airpiano’s keys and faders are therefore not on the screen, but above the airpiano surface. The performer knows the exact position of each controller in the air, so no display is needed, and the interaction becomes much more natural.
Discrete and Continuous Control
The airpiano is often compared with the Theremin. The Theremin is a wonderful instrument which is quite difficult to play. One reason for this is that it provides only continuous control. The airpiano has a matrix of 24 discrete keys and 8 faders, which makes it much more simple to use. Actually, the airpiano software makes the device so versatile that there is no real reason for a comparison. These are completely different instruments. Check out the airpiano features.
Some people ask: why not just use a box with lots of buttons and shiny LEDs? what can i do with an airpiano that i can’t do with other controllers? Well, we love all kinds of musical interfaces, and there are many wonderful and innovative alternative controllers out there. However, we strongly believe that the airpiano introduces a new user experience, a magical and cool performance tool and an experimental instrument to explore. The airpiano software allows setting the device in numerous ways and since there are no “rules” of how to play an airpiano, new creative ideas and playing techniques will come to life!