One of the reasons why some people prefer traditional instruments such as acoustic guitars is the sensitivity that those instruments have to variations in how you play them. With keyboards, you are somewhat limited with how you can play the notes.
A new company, Expressive E, is developing a new synth controller called Touché that has a pressure-sensitive wood surface that responds to even extremely small vibrations. Apparently it will enable synth players to “shape sounds spontaneously, like an acoustic instrument,” according to Expressive E.
Here is a video Peter Zinenovieff from British synthesizer company EMS talking about the concept of synth performance controllers:
What do you think? Do you think we need more innovative ways to control our synthesizers? Why not let me know in the comments section below.
All the best,
P.S. if you are interested in new ways to perform electronic music, take a look at the Zoom Arc.
Update 16th February 2016: want to see a demonstration of the Expressive E Touché?