Eigenlabs announced a new Eigenharp at NAMM 2010 yesterday, called the Eigenharp Tau. There is very little information available at this time, but here is what I already know:
- Similar to the Alpha in features and form-factor:
- 72 highly expressive keys on the main keyboard.
- 8 Mode Switches
- Each key uses a unique sensor technology detecting movement in all directions to
within a micron – the wavelength of light, the width of a living cell.
- 12 additional larger keys, just as sensitive but designed to be hit harder, suitable for
- One strip controller, often used for pitch, effects or filter control.
- A breath pipe going to the side for playing wind instrument models, or to add emphasis to notes, effects or filters.
- Powerful headphone output for monitoring, live auditioning and rehearsal.
- Plays an unlimited range of sounds.
- Supports a wide variety of software instruments including its own native instruments,
Soundfonts, samples, AU’s, Apple Loops and midi instruments.
- Stage portable – the performer can move freely while playing, within a 24m radius of
the base station.
- Can be played seated using a floor spike, or standing using a strap.
- Comes complete with a soft case.
- Comes in an anodised black or silver finish.
- Less keys than the Alpha
- Design inspired by the Pico
- About half the price of the Alpha ($2800)
- Available for order from the website soon, shipping starts May 10th, 2010
Here is are the first pictures:
(thanks to Neil Bufkin)
… and here is a presentation video with some information about the Tau at the end: