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Ecstasequence is a portable sampler with push-down knobs

There’s a burgeoning market for standalone electronic music-making tools - Roland got back into the groovebox game just last month - and with Ecstasequence, Nicolai Toma is looking to be part of it.

This is a portable performance sampler: you can save or record your own samples to the internal memory, or play the preset patches that come included. The way you sequence these sounds is rather ingenious; having set a step’s pitch by turning a knob, you then physically push down said knob down to add it to the sequence.

What’s more, because the knobs are touch-sensitive, they can also be played like a piano keyboard. How comfortable this would be remains to be seen, but it’s certainly an interesting idea.

Designed to be small and durable enough to stick in a bag and take anywhere, Ecstasequence offers 3.5mm jack, MIDI, CV, Gate and USB-C connectivity. 

There’s no news yet on a price or a release date, but you can find out more on the Nicolai Toma website.

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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