Upon realising that not all producers want to sit in front of a computer to craft their art, Nicolai Toma hit the workshop and developed an instrument that he feels will improve the creative workflow of artists and producers.
Ectasequence is a designed for use in the studio, on stage or on the road, with a compact form factor and push-in knobs for durability and easy storage in bags.
The internal memory allows you to save and record your own samples, along with a preset library containing samples of well-known electronic instruments. You can then programme the selected samples in the Ectasequence’s sequencer mode. The rotary knobs can control the pitch of the steps, and when the knob is touched, the step is previewed in the sequence. By pushing in the knob, the step is activated and becomes part of the sequence. A running light display gives real-time information about the steps in the sequence.
However, the device is not limited to playing individual steps in its sequencer; instruments loaded with a keyboard function can be played in octave mode. In this instance, the surfaces of the knobs can be played in the same manner as a MIDI controller. The offset between halftone and whole tone, as in a piano, allows “an intuitive playing of chords or single tones”, the developer says.
Toma surveyed a target group of twelve musicians to decide how to design a suitable product. The survey consisted of musicians from seven different nationalities, fifty per cent male, fifty per cent female.
Ectasequence is set for production soon. You can find out more at nicolaitoma.com