Eigenharp has announced that it will be adding the Pico, to its lineup of instruments that were inspired by the Cantina Band in the first Star Wars movie. The Pico is the baby brother to the Alpha, a £4000 experimental musical instrument that utilizes a breath controller to shape software-driven sounds.
Eigenharp claims the Pico is simple to use and anyone can play it. You can play it solo by jamming along with recorded loops, and it allows you to change scale and key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, create arrangements, switch and layer multiple sounds, all while playing live.
With 18 playing keys and 4 mode keys, a strip controller and breath pipe, the smaller Pico has the majority of the playing features of the Eigenharp Alpha. It plays an unlimited range of sounds and is available in two finishes. The Eigenharp Pico, with its ease of playing and transformational approach to learning scales and music theory, represents a new and easier way to learn to play a musical instrument.
» 18 playing keys; Sampled at 2000 samples/second, per key; 10 bit (1024 values) resolution; Sensitive to direct pressure and to lateral pressure in both directions.
» Breath pipe; Sampled at 2000 samples/second; 10 bit (1024 value) resolution.
» Sensitive to blown and drawn breath
» Removable, interchangeable mouthpiece
» 180mm Strip Controller; Sampled at 2000 samples/second; 10 bit (1024 values) resolution
» 4 Mode Switches
» USB powered
» Conformable, height adjustable thumb hooks
» Neck strap
You can load and play your own Soundfonts, Audio Unit Plugins and MIDI instruments with the Eigenharp Pico. In addition, the Pico comes with its own native instruments (at present a software model of a Cello, Clarinet and a Synth engine). The Pico also ships with a collection of loop libraries and several acclaimed instruments from our partners including:
— 1500 AIFF format (timestretch and tempo change capable) varied Percussion and Drum loops.
— Sampletekk ‘Black Grand Steinway D, sampled at 20+ levels in a 6 Gigabyte set that includes three recordings from dry to highly ambient.
— Sampletekk ‘Tubed Rhodes’, a multi sampled Rhodes Electric Piano.
— Sampletekk ‘Tubed Wurli’ electric piano in a Gigabyte multi sample set.
— Camel Audio’s Eigenlabs Player version of “Alchemy” – The sample manipulation synthesizer
Eigenharp’s Pico prices costs £399 and requires a Mac computer to run. More information on the Eigenharp Pico.