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KordBot takes a new approach to performing chords via MIDI, with a tactile hardware controller. Alex Holmesputs on his harmony hat and plugs in…

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There’s been a trend in recent years for tools especially designed to help you with track composition, be it writing chord progressions, melodies or rhythms. Most of these have either been iPad apps for composing on the fly, standalone software, or plug-ins and instruments giving you musical suggestions in your DAW. However, the KordBot from ISLA Instruments aims to do this in hardware form, with a handy set of composing tools presented in a compact MIDI controller. Starting life as a Kickstarter campaign, the KordBot sold out in 18 hours – and looking at the featureset, it’s not hard to see why.

The unit manages to pack in a chord generator, arpeggiator, step sequencer, hi-res screen, MIDI controller and more, for a very affordable $279. Truth be told, though, the step sequencer isn’t yet functional on the latest OS, and if you’re importing into the UK, then you’ll have to include additional costs for shipping and customs (very approximately an extra £60).

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