The Soundplane A is a computer music controller with the sensitivity and feel of an acoustic instrument. It detects a wide range of touches on its walnut playing surface, from a light tickle to a very firm press. The Soundplane A can be configured as either a 150-note keyboard with position and pressure sensing on each key, or as one continuous surface.
The playing surface is a material custom developed for us, an articulated sheet of walnut veneer bonded to a fiber backing for strength. The case is milled out of alder, a sustainably harvested Northwest hardwood. We have sourced all of the construction locally and test and assemble Soundplanes by hand here in Seattle. The entire instrument is about 28 inches wide by 8 inches deep by 1 inch thick.
Included with the Soundplane is Aalto for Soundplane, a custom, signal-driven version of our patchable software synthesizer. The Soundplane client software can send MIDI and OSC messages to control other software and hardware.
Madrona Labs are now taking preorders for 30 Soundplane A instruments at a special introductory price of $1,695. This price is valid only for the first run of 30 Soundplanes. The lower cost now is a thanks for your prepayment, which is allowing the Soundplane to get off the ground. They have established turnaround times with all the suppliers for the Soundplane’s components. They anticipate that production will take 8-10 weeks.
More details and information at the Madrona Labs website.