Mr. ‘Sebastian Steppeler’ has talked to us about his Germany-based start-up project “Epick“; which the project name stands for Electronic Piano Construction Kit.
According to Mr. ‘Steppeler’; he is currently developing an optical sensor bar for pianos, Rhodes, Wurlizer and Hammond organs, that allows the user to midify his piano or vintage instrument for a retail price way below 1000$.
It is new compared to other products in the sense that it actually involves physical modeling of a (grand)piano action, where all physical parameters like material constants and measurements of the action can be set by the user for each key individually.
It also focuses on the midifying solely, so the end user can save the money for a built-in inflexible synthesizer/sampler and thus choose which synthesizer(s) he wants to control over MIDI or USB-MIDI. [Read more...]