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Is the one-button Skwitch the world’s first idiot-proof musical instrument?

Anyone who thinks that the process of making music has become too dumbed-down would be advised to look away now, as Skoog’s Skwitch enables you to do it by pressing a single button.

Designed to clip onto your iPhone, you simply have to push the Skwitch’s soft, squidgy surface to play notes. You can create your own riffs and grooves using the companion app’s note editor.

Because Skwitch utilises the sensors within your iPhone, it’s said to be completely ‘passive’ - there are no electronics and no batteries required. However, it can also work as a Bluetooth MIDI controller (via the iPhone) with MPE, modulation and FX control modes.

Potential applications for DAW users are as an additional controller to sit alongside your MIDI keyboard to control modulation, pitchbend and channel pressure, or as a standalone MPE controller for controlling attack, channel pressure, timbre and release.

Despite the fact that it was initially launched more than a year ago, the Skwitch is currently being pitched on Indiegogo, with a pledge of £22 potentially getting you a super early bird price on one. 

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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