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Press Release: ElectroKraft Sonar Axe

For Immediate Release
December 2005

The Sonar*Axe From
A futuristic sci-fi, guitar-shaped midi controller that uses sonar. New experimental creations from have produced the Sonar*Axe. An alternative midi controller that uses sonar to detect hand position, and a touch sensor to trigger midi notes. Plug it into any midi compatible synthesizer, keyboard or drum machine to facilitate Theremin and/or percussive control.

Using Sonar and Touch Sensors:
The Sonar*Axe is set up similarly to a guitar in that your "fretting" hand's position is very accurately and quickly tracked by the sonar sensor which registers the appropriate midi notes. Your "picking hand" taps on a touch sensor to trigger the transmission of each note. Analogous to the way a midi drum sends midi note messages out to the drum brain. You can think of it as a combination of a midi Theremin and a midi drum in its operation and functionality. The Sonar*Axe is very easy to use and does not require any programming, just plug in and play.

Standard controls include octave, sound bank, velocity, volume and tempo.

Through custom programming other options can be added such as pitch bend, sustain, modulation wheel, etc. The Sonar Axe can be set up to transmit percussion notes and synth notes over multiple midi channels simultaneously for polyphony as heard here:

Satisfaction Guaranteed:
If after purchase you are not satisfied for any reason you may return the Sonar Axe for a complete refund before 7 days.

Lifetime Warranty:
If the Sonar Axe should ever fail it will be repaired or replaced at no cost to the original owner.

Sound Samples & Details:

Purchase Info: Available direct from $425.00 plus shipping.