If you like your control surfaces to be versatile as well as tactile, the Sensel Morph might be for you.
The Sensel Morph is a pressure‑sensitive multi‑touch control surface which first emerged as a Kickstarter project in 2015, though initial prototyping took place as early as the end of 2013. The Kickstarter goal was over‑subscribed by a factor of four, so clearly there’s demand for a product of this type. (The only other similar device is the French‑built Joué.) So, what makes the Morph appealing in a scene that’s already inundated with numerous MIDI controllers and iPad instrument apps?
The Morph ships in a minimalist, Apple‑style white box, and opening the box reveals something which looks very much like an iPad: a thin, featureless aluminium slab 240mm wide by 170mm deep. (That’s the same width as my iPad 3 and maybe a centimetre less deep.) Most of the top surface is a featureless matte black, apart from a raised ridge at the back. A quick inspection of the edges of the device reveal a power button and a micro‑USB socket, plus a narrow window to facilitate Bluetooth wireless.
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