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Percussa AudioCube Controller

Submitted by on May 18, 2009 – 11:46 pm No Comment

I’m always on the lookout for interesting controllers, and these AudioCubes extrend the idea of control for sound manipulation and for midi control way past the keyboard or conventional sequencer.

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Basically, the AudioCubes are small, palm-sized cubes that let you control sounds and sequences simply by manipulating the position, angles and virtual connections between the cubes.

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The AudioCubes are made by a company called Percussa, and were created as a completely new approach to controlling sound. Designed as a reinvention of controllers like trigger pads, knobs, and other sound manipulation controllers, these happy little boxes are surprisingly well-equipped at sound mangling and can pass a huge amount of midi or controller data to your computer.

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The 3 inch cubes use infrared sensors to communicate between themselves – one single cube can act as a controller, but the magic really happens when you combine 2, 10, or even 100 cubes together.

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The cubes come with a variety of software programs to take advantage of their innovative functionality, plus they can also be used as MIDI controllers, and also to control VST plug-ins. It would be a cinch to set them up to control DAWs like Abelton Live and Cubase. The Audiocubes of course can produce their own sound via their sound generators, as each AudioCube actually has it’s own synthesis engine built in.

Here’s a great video that gives you a taste of how they work:

You can skip the instructional part, and get right into the “show me what they can do” part:

The audiocubes are approximately $299 US at Percussa.

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