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AudioCubes: modular audiovisual instrument

for professional artists

Smart wireless objects sensing

location, orientation, and distance

AudioCubes + MIDIBridge = endless creative possibilities

Setup

Simply connect one AudioCube with a cable and then turn on the other AudioCubes. Up to 15 wireless AudioCubes can be automatically detected and added to the network.

Map

With just a couple of mouse clicks you can connect each AudioCube via MIDI input and output ports to your favorite MIDI compatible hardware and software using MIDIBridge, our powerful free middleware software application.

Trigger

Configure the software to automatically trigger MIDI notes as soon as you put 2 audiocubes next to each other, which can be used to start and stop sounds or loops, turn effects on or off, etc

Sense

By moving cubes further away/closer to each other or moving your hands/fingers closer/further away from its 4 high speed and high resolution sensors, you can send MIDI CC messages which can be used to change effect parameters in other software or hardware. You can assign each of its 4 sensors to different effects in your DAW.

Modulate

Powerful mode that lets you send MIDI note trigger information as well as distance data (MIDI CCs) at the same time for up to 15 cubes simultaneously.

Synthesize

Our MIDIBridge software for AudioCubes comes with Synthor built-in, a powerful digital modular synthesizer, with DSP processors such as wavetable oscillators, filters, waveshapers, noise generators, step sequencers, LFOs, … and new processors are added all the time via free software updates. Professional audio output drivers, sample rates and buffer sizes are supported, including CoreAudio and ASIO, for low latency and high quality output. Patching is done through building a network of cubes, and parameters such as modulation depth can be changed in realtime using distance between the cubes.

Improvisor

MIDIBridge comes with a powerful generative sequencer called Improvisor. Switch AudioCubes into improvisor mode, and start with simple step sequencing, and then move on to generative composition by moving the Audiocubes next to each other.

Colours

Mix colours by sending MIDI CC messages to MIDIBridge. Red, green and blue each have their own CC message. Use a slider box to mix colours or sequence them from your MIDI sequencer, hardware or software. The possibilities are endless. You can also sync colours to the MIDI clock signal of a drum machine, sequencer, etc.

Save

Save your configuration settings as a preset file, so you can save time next time you need it.

Craftsmanship

Check how many AudioCubes you need

Live Performance

AudioCubes can make your live performance visual and gestural by using AudioCubes to generate MIDI notes as well as using distance to the sensors to control parameters in your DAW. The more AudioCubes you have, the more impressive your performance will be.

We recommend a set of 4 or 8 AudioCubes

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Sound Design

Create new interesting and unique sounds in an exploratory and experimental approach using AudioCubes. With AudioCubes, you can easily manipulate and create totally new sounds by moving your hands/fingers closer/further away from the onboard sensors of the AudioCube.

We recommend a set of 4 or 8 AudioCubes

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Music Education

Students can experiment with the AudioCubes by themselves as well as in small groups without having to sit behind a computer and use a mouse or keyboard! It’s just them, the audiocubes and the sounds and colours they create. As a teacher you can leverage our powerful AudioCubes software to set up different sound and music experiments.

We recommend a set of 8 or more AudioCubes

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Music Composition

Compose complex melodies and rhythms in a generative way using AudioCubes. By moving AudioCubes next to each other you can easily experiment and mix and match patterns using IMPROVISOR mode in MIDIBridge: generative MIDI Sequencer for AudioCubes.

We recommend a set of 4 or 8 AudioCubes

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Music Therapy

As a music or sound therapist, you can use AudioCubes to help people through sound, music and colours. Use our powerful AudioCubes software to set up different audiovisual setups in which people can explore, focus, and relax through interacting with the AudioCubes.

We recommend a set of 8 or more AudioCubes

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Interactive Installation

You can build an interactive sound and light installation where visitors can interact with each other, sounds and visuals. Imagine a room where visitors can grab an AudioCube, go to the other side of the room, while controlling effects and receiving feedback by moving their hands and fingers in front of the sensors.

We recommend a set of 8 or 16 AudioCubes

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Technical Specifications


Update Rate

1kHz/10 bit


Battery capacity

3 hours


Wireless Protocol

2.4GHz wireless radio band (custom protocol)


Wireless range

5 meters (15 feet)


Distance sensing

60cm (2 feet)


Technical Requirements


Drivers required

No


Disk space

200 MB disk space


Compatibility Mac and Windows

Win XP SP2 or later, Mac OSX 10.4 or later


Memory

1GB RAM memory


The AudioCubes fit perfectly the size of your hand which makes it very easy and intuitive to create and make sounds by changing the location and orientation of the cubes.


No need to point and click with the computer mouse in your DAW or using knobs or faders on your keyboards to shape new sounds.


Each AudioCube has a powerful built-in computer, full colour RGB LED lighting, rechargeable battery, 2.4GHz custom high speed low latency wireless radio and protocol, and high speed optical sensors. Up to 15 AudioCubes can be used wirelessly with your Mac or PC.


The AudioCubes are very mobile. We've designed them to be easily transportable. They fit perfectly in your backpack.


The AudioCubes work cross platform Mac OS and Windows.


You don't need to install any drivers. The AudioCubes work out of the box.

Create new interesting and unique sounds in an exploratory and experimental approach using AudioCubes. With AudioCubes, you can easily manipulate and create totally new sounds by moving your hands/fingers closer/further away from the onboard sensors of the AudioCube.


AudioCubes can make your live performance visual and gestural by using AudioCubes to generate MIDI notes as well as using distance to the sensors to control parameters in your DAW. The more AudioCubes you have, the more impressive your performance will be.


The AudioCubes can inspire and motivate kids to learn through sound, music and visuals. They can experiment with the AudioCubes by themselves as well as play with multiple kids at the same time without sitting behind a computer.


AudioCubes allow the musician at any level to experience sound and music creation audiovisually, without limiting the musician in depth or expression possibilities. AudioCubes can be as simple or complex as you desire.


Compose complex melodies and rhythms in a generative way using AudioCubes. By moving AudioCubes next to each other you can easily experiment and mix and match patterns using IMPROVISOR mode in MIDIBridge: generative MIDI Sequencer for AudioCubes.


You can build an interactive sound and light installation where visitors can interact with each other, sounds and visuals. Imagine a room where visitors can grab an AudioCube, go to the other side of the room, while controlling effects and receiving feedback by moving their hands and fingers in front of the sensors.

What users are saying about AudioCubes

"The AudioCubes are amazing for live performance — they engage and connect the audience to my work."

"The people behind AudioCubes are passionate about what they do and provide excellent support."

Mark Mosher
Denver, CO, USA

"The kids are very drawn by the AudioCubes"

"The kids can go with their phones and record something, email me a sound clip, and we can build a composition around it"

"The AudioCubes are an example of problem-based learning"

Dr. Gregg Cannady, Music Teacher
STEM school Colorado

"AudioCubes look and work amazing. I was commissioned to create an installation where people could walk up and touch the sound, and manipulate it using physical AudioCubes.... More than 2000 people attended the installation which was a huge success... Percussa did a great job supporting me through the project."

Kim Pedersen
Dreamhub

Technical support is available 7/7.
You can contact us through our contact form or email us directly at
bert(at)percussa(dot)com or celine(at)percussa(dot)com

Bert is the designer and inventor of the Percussa AudioCubes. He is focusing on all the software and hardware.

Celine is working on the sales, marketing, and website of the Percussa AudioCubes.

Your AudioCubes are covered for a warranty period of 2 years. In the extremely rare event you have a hardware problem, please email us at bert(at)percussa(dot)com or celine(dot)percussa(dot)com and we’ll get your cubes fixed or replaced right away.

In case you decide the AudioCubes are not something for you, and you return your package within 30 days after purchasing it through the Percussa website, we'll refund your money.