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Oddball Studios Oddball Drum Machine

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Oddball is the bouncing ball that helps you express yourself by making music on the go. Making music is an incredibly powerful way to use your imagination. Musicians are very lucky in this sense, but not everybody has the opportunity to make music. We wanted to give everybody the opportunity to create music the same way musicians do. With OddBall, making beats is easy, intuitive, fun and can be done where ever you are.

Oddball comes in two parts, the ball, and the app. The ball behaves as the percussion trigger. Every time you bounce it off a surface, sensors at the heart of the ball communicate with the app via Bluetooth to play a sound through your headphones, speakers, or just the internal speaker on your phone. Oddball is pressure sensitive – The harder you bounce it the more intense the sound, the lighter you bounce it the more delicate.

You can loop your beats to make complex, intricate tunes, play over your favourite songs and add effects. Since Oddball is inherently shareable, the app will have it’s own social environment, where you can post your latest beats and share them with your community.

Oddball is the most versatile way to play music. Get bouncing, throwing, smashing, flicking, tapping – which ever way you choose to use it, have fun and see what you come up with. Put your headphones, get outside and explore different ways to play with your surroundings.

One of the great things about Oddball is that you can play with multiple balls at the same time. Simply plug in a speaker, choose different sounds and jam with your mates. Use the ball in original ways. Challenge yourself to create new tricks. Use your imagination, let yourself discover unexpected grooves.

Oddball is ideal for people of all ages. The level of craft within the design make it a pleasure to use – whether you are a teenager, adult, or preteen kid with big ambitions, Oddball is for you.

We see Oddball as a fashion statement, choose the style that suits you. Oddball will come in different colours, so whether you are a 'Deep Purple' kind of person, a 'dance the blues' guy, or a 'want to paint it black' kinda gal there is a colour for you.

To get all the experimental musicians excited, we made it possible to use Oddball as a velocity sensitive Bluetooth MIDI controller, so you can connect it to any DAW software on your laptop (such as: Ableton, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, etc.) and control your favourite plugins. The app allows you to have complete control over the sounds you play. With expansive audio libraries you can choose between traditional or electronic drums, melodic instruments, or any other ‘Odd’ sound under the sun.

The app has been designed to be super intuitive, so you can focus your time on making your beats. Here are some of the features:

+ Choose and play sounds from a large sound library.
+ Loop, record and overdub your beats.
+ Play over your favourite tunes.
+ Connect multiple balls and assign different sounds.
+ Add your own sounds.
+ Add sound effects onto your loops.
+ Share your tunes with your friends.

Oddball is easily rechargeable by USB. The charging cable is inspired by the iconic jack cables you usually see plugged into famous electric instruments, such as the Fender Stratocaster.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: ROM
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: ROM
Osc Modulation: After Touch, Keyboard
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Storage: Internal, USB
+ Reverb, delay, modulation and other effects TBA.
+ Ball trigger pad
+ Looping app for recoring beats
Case: Desktop
Controls: Pads
Display Type: TouchView
Audio Output Connections: 1/8" Phone Jack, Stereo Main
Audio Output Count: 2
Power: USB chargable
Year Released: 2015
MSRP List Price: $99 - convert
Retail Street Price: £59 Kickstarter - convert
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