Hitting the Beat with good vibrations

Created by Lorenzo Bravi, Hit the Beat is a slick drum machine designed to transform virtually any item into a real-life drum sample.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a musician or have any sense of time to play the rather unique instrument.

As Filip Visnjic of the Creative Applications Network reports, Hit the Beat comprises a collection of box-like objects packing integrated solenoid actuators – with each containing different granules.

“All boxes connect to the main unit with [an] integrated [Atmel-based] Arduino module which acts as the translator of the MIDI message received. The MIDI message is sent with any MIDI app thanks to MIDI Configuration on Mac,” writes Visnjic.

“Lorenzo used Little MIDI on the iPad to send the wireless message. MIDI instruments can be assigned to each box that eventually triggers a physical solenoid percussion in realtime. Users can build an orchestra-like set of items, creating an intuitive and interactive investigation of music and sound.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out Hit the Beat’s official page here.

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