The Lekholm DM48 MIDI controller gives harmonica players a piece of the synth pie

A small Swedish company, Lekholm Instruments, has developed a digital chromatic harmonica MIDI controller called the DM48.

Designed as 12 individual wind controllers in one unit, the DM48 aims to give harmonica players full control over any class compliant USB MIDI device.

The 12 pressure sensors can detect both positive and negative pressure allowing blow and draw actions. Bending is also achieved with greater pressure applied and the threshold can be adjusted within the settings along with sensitivity.

This is not the first time we have seen the harmonica as a MIDI controller with the Millioniser 2000 hitting the streets back in the early ‘80s.

DM48 specs

  • 12 precision pressure sensors
  • Class compliant USB MIDI
  • Fully customisable tunings
  • Adjustable response parameters
  • Compact size
  • OLED display
  • Anodised aluminum mouthpiece
  • Adjustable breathing resistance

The DM48 is available now for €750, plus €25 shipping and more information can be found on the Lenkholm Instruments website.

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