Attacco’s new Virtual Controller takes a software approach to turning a surface into a a MIDI controller – all without any special hardware.
In spirit, what Attacco is aiming to do is trigger the samples you hear only in your head while finger-drumming. No special hardware is needed aside from a microphone and audio interface, as the software analysis helps read the “percussive gestures” of incoming signals.
Virtual Controller deals with three control signals: timbre, speed and velocity. The different timbres of hits tell it which sample to trigger, while speed measures the time between hits, and velocity reads how hard you’re hitting a surface. That all gets converted into good ol’ MIDI information that can be assigned to a variety of parameters.
This presents a whole range of possible uses: get the Tupperware out of the pantry and set up a ‘container kit’ that triggers actual drum samples, or map plug-in parameters to hand claps (remember The Clapper?).
For a better understanding of how it works, check out the demo video below:
The Virtual Controller is in a beta right now that is free, but requires you to sign up with Attacco.
Learn more at Attacco.io