I’ve just started exploring AudioCubes, a cool hardware cube that can interact with its surroundings and with other cubes (up to eight) as well as control software via MIDI and generate lo-fi audio.
It’s worth taking a look at the videos to see how they work, rather than me trying to explain it to you. Suffice it to say they look pretty cool and I’m sure there are some amazing uses you could put them to in both audio and lighting rigs.
Check out manufacturer Percussa‘s home page, the YouTube channel, Flickr photo gallery and blog.
Basic specs for the cubes are:
- Dimensions: 75mm x 75mm x 75mm
- Weight: 0.4 Kg
- Wireless transmission range: approx. 40cm
- Battery Autonomy / Full Charge Time: approx. 3 hours
- USB 2.0 (HID) (per cube): full speed data rate (12Mbps) for fast trigger / continuous controller info, MIDI compatible
- Audio In/Out (per cube): 1/4 inch jacks for lo-fi sound processing (32kHz / 9 bit)
They work with software on the latest Mac OS X and Windows systems.
They’re not cheap, though. A single AudioCube costs €219 (about $291 / £256), set of two cost €399 ($530 / £467), four at €649 ($836 / £572) and eight at €1,269 ($1,668 / £1,120). Here’s the online store.