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Paint-based MIDI Controller Possibile With Bare Conductive’s Touch Board

January 10th, 2014


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New and exciting advancements in DJ equipment have bombarded the market recently; two such examples are MusicInk and the Makey Makey project who have both led the charge with innovative ideas. However, new competitor Touch Board has a distinct advantage and the latest idea in touch-sensitive electronics that will revolutionize how novice DJs start their careers.
The concept, created by Bare Conductive, centers around their revolutionary non-toxic conductive paint. The paint acts as a touch sensor, detecting when contact is made to complete a circuit. The circuit then runs through the Touch Board, activating a pre-determined sound of your choosing. Though both MusicInk and Makey Makey were rooted in a similar idea of conductivity, what separates Touch Board is there doesn’t need to be contact to send a signal – merely hovering over the conductive paint completes the circuit. The Touch Board functions well in a variety of fields because it’s compatible with virtually anything that needs a controller. Bare Conductive lists and demonstrates its versatility, ranging from light switches to body sensors, in this informative video:

If we consider the possibilities for this technology for electronic music, this could generate many new ideas for DJs interested in creating their own MIDI controller.
The biggest reason the Touch Board stands apart from its competition is its simplicity. For music hopefuls with little to no knowledge about the complexities of electrical engineering, the Touch Board allows users the freedom to experiment without worrying about the complicated details. For musicians with experience in MIDI controllers, the Touch Board offers the capabilities of standard equipment without the structural boundaries; the user can construct their set-up whatever way feels most comfortable.
The brilliant musical minds in the EDM industry will undoubtedly figure out a way to use the Touch Board in unique ways in productions, nightclubs, and possibly, with enough practice, a festival setting. With this technology, a full-body interactive DJ stage isn’t too far-fetched. Picture this: instead of an artist using two turntables with only their hands, instead they could be using their full body to activate sounds. This technology could even be put to purpose in the studio, since it makes it possible to both conduct a piece of music and record it simultaneously. With the Touch Board, there are no limits to what the future of digital music controllers holds.
Although the Touch Board is not for sale as of yet, you can place a pre-order here.



Written by contributor Matt Reynolds.

Matt Reynolds is a music enthusiast on a mission to share his musical knowledge with the masses. Born and raised on the hard streets of suburban North Jersey, Matt was diagnosed with an irreversible addiction to electronic music in 2009. Since then, he’s pledged to discover and share his experiences with clubs, festivals, and the world of electronic music. Situated minutes from NYC, Matt has traveled from Massachusetts to Miami and everywhere between chasing music and making memories. When he isn’t writing for MASS EDMC, he’s either reading, writing fiction, or (most likely) booty-shaking on the dance floor.