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Ampethron Portable is a hardware synth that DJs can play like a video game

You certainly couldn’t accuse Ampethron of creating a clone of another synth or treading familiar ground, because its new portable hardware instrument is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Controlled using a touchscreen and a video game controller, this is designed for “live acts, producers and DJs who would like to enrich their live shows and make them more interactive  with party crowds.”

The hardware can house multiple synth engines - you can add more via USB - and promises to let you “destroy the dancefloor with one click”. Although the Ampethron is shown being used with a video game controller, you can also hook up standard MIDI devices - and a mouse and monitor, for that matter.

We’re not totally convinced by the idea of looking like we’re playing a first-person shooter when we’re performing, but the device has raised 85% of its €20,000 funding target in just four days, so there’s clearly some kind of market for Ampethron Portable, and we’re keen to find out more.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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