What’s at NAMM this year? Technology, technology, technology
One of the most interesting offerings is the Music Reality Engine by the startup SURVIOS. It combines Oculus Rift headset and a new Electronauts programming that creates virtual instruments. Included is a library of songs from across genres – EDM, trap, rock, hip hop and more.
You put on the headset and Oculus Touch Hand Controls and stand in front of an array of sensors. Select the music you and move with the grove, pointing and slashing and rocking. The sensors translate your movement into drum hits, instrument notes, colors and sound. The experience is immersive, potent, a little dizzying at first, but lot’s of fun.
For DJ’s it is serious business. Because you can feed the audio/visual image to a screen or computers, your audience can experience the 2D and sound version of the 3D world you are creating. Or you can link with others on the system with headsets and play together. Your original tracks are not altered, but your reality is because as you play surreal new worlds emerge and surround you.
The Music Reality Engine is not yet available, but Survios promises a creator beta for PC & Mac this quarter with a roll-out later in the year and an expected price of $20 -$40.
by Patrick O’Heffernan