The TheoryBoard is touted as a new way to control and make music with an electronic crowdfunded gadget
Irijule has introduced its TheoryBoard device to Kickstarter as a MIDI controller, musical compositional aid, producer-focused device and "synesthetic musical instrument" in one. It has also been designed to simplify the process of learning how to play the melodies or tunes in question through an innovative system of sorting notes by scale and RGB keys rather than the natural sequence (the CDEFGABC pattern as found on a piano, in other words).
One this has been worked out, the left side of this novel keyboard can be set to play chords instead, while the right side contains individual notes in 4-octave intervals. The central controls, on the other hand, can be used for more advanced techniques such as stacking or even losing octaves: processes that might take quite complex maneuvers using a traditional instrument. It also benefits from an OLED touchscreen in order to keep track of all these settings.
These possibilities have appealed to backers to such a degree that it has attracted over US$200,000 from rewards, as opposed to its original $10,000 goal. A TheoryBoard starts at $599 on this platform, and is projected to ship from December 2020 (correct at time of writing).