Musikmesse 2014: Naonext Crystall Ball controller

MUSIKMESSE 2014: Looking like something off the control deck of an intergalactic space cruiser, we certainly didn't see the Crystall Ball coming when we first got wind of it last year.

It's all business down at the bottom, with a keypad that looks like nothing out of the ordinary, but up top you'll find the dome-like structure that houses five optical sensors. Use these two control methods together and the creative possibilities really start to ramp up.

Check out the video above to see what developer Naonext has to say about it.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

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.