offGrid puts a wireless MIDI pad controller in the palm of your hand

offGrid is a new handheld, wireless MIDI pad controller that’s designed to be used with your favourite mobile and desktop music-making apps. It can operate over Bluetooth or via USB-C and can be used for both production and performance.

The controller offers LED-backlit, pressure-sensitive silicone pads and a multi-directional modulation joystick. It also has a built-in iNEMO inertial module with an AI Machine Learning Core, effectively giving you a 3D accelerometer and 3D gyroscope that you can use to map any gesture to any parameter.

Birdkids says that simplicity is its core principle, and offGrid certainly has a clean design. It’s currently on Kickstarter and a pledge of €89 could get you one, though if you’re feeling charitable, there’s also the €139 option. Choose this and, as well as getting an offGrid yourself, birdkids will also donate one on your behalf to one of its partners in music schools, youth programs and music research.


(Image credit: birdkids)

Birdkids offGrid specs

  • 4x4 grid of assignable LED-backlit, pressure-sensitive pads.
  • 2x2 grid of assignable, color-customizable, LED-backlit, pressure-sensitive pads. 
  • Shift / secondary function Toggle.
  • Multi-directional, modulation Joystick.
  • USB Type-C plug.
  • Primary Battery Clip (minimum 10h operation in full use).
  • Rechargeable Battery Connector (minimum 10h operation on single charge @ 2500mAh).
  • Bluetooth BLE (5.0)  - Ultra-low latency MIDI/OSC optimization
  • Machine Learning Core, low-power optimized 3D Accelerometer.
  • Machine Learning Core, low-power optimized 3D Gyroscope.
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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