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Music Theory MIDI Controller | Music Production Tool | Chord Generator | Scale Assist | Synesthetic Musical Instrument
Music Theory MIDI Controller | Music Production Tool | Chord Generator | Scale Assist | Synesthetic Musical Instrument
Music Theory MIDI Controller | Music Production Tool | Chord Generator | Scale Assist | Synesthetic Musical Instrument
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TheoryBoard | Music Theory Made Easy

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    As we move through time the universe is constantly reconstructing matter into novel forms. Old constructs fade into the past as new designs emerge. The TheoryBoard is the evolution of the MIDI controller. Its innovative lay out allows the user access to a new way of perceiving music, making it the ultimate hack for production and composition. Never before has a MIDI controller given this level of insight into the language of music theory. The previously complex world of scales, chords, inversions, melody, and harmony is finally packaged into an easy-to-use, simplified form. By merging color and sound the TheoryBoard provides a synesthetic experience for anyone interfacing with the product. Diatonic scales, chord groups, and the correlations between them are expressed through color giving the user a unique advantage by allowing visual reference points while playing. The TheoryBoard houses every scale known to man. When the user selects a scale they have full access to every note and every possible chord within that scale. This removes any doubt from what can, or can't be used... All the right combinations are right there at your fingertips. The TheoryBoard is for anyone interested in composing or producing music. A complete novice could pick this up and instantly level up their understanding of theory, while advanced producers could use this to derive new inspiration. 

 

 

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 Play a melody... Play a chord progression... Or play both of them at the same time! This is the first instrument that allows you to easily play chords with one button while still having the capability to play a melody line at the same time.

 

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It's easy to let the creativity flow when all of the correct puzzle pieces are right there at your fingertips. Just snap into a scale and start playing! No latency... no stopping to look up chords... just a smooth, streamlined workflow. 

 

 

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Check out how easy it was to remake these songs using the TheoryBoard. The music theory behind all of your favorite songs is now easily accessible.

 

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CHOOSE FROM ANY SCALE KNOWN TO MAN
CHOOSE FROM ANY SCALE KNOWN TO MAN

 

 

MELODY SIDE - LOADS 4 OCTAVES OF SINGLE NOTES WITHIN THE CHOSEN SCALE
MELODY SIDE - LOADS 4 OCTAVES OF SINGLE NOTES WITHIN THE CHOSEN SCALE

 

 

  

CHORD SIDE - LOADS EVERY POSSIBLE CHORD WITHIN THE CHOSEN SCALE
CHORD SIDE - LOADS EVERY POSSIBLE CHORD WITHIN THE CHOSEN SCALE

 

 

The first pad in each color group is always a triad. This is the most basic chord structure. Chords with more complexity begin to emerge as we move through the color group. Each color group ends with "suspended chords"
The first pad in each color group is always a triad. This is the most basic chord structure. Chords with more complexity begin to emerge as we move through the color group. Each color group ends with "suspended chords"

 

 

EACH SCALE HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE COMBINATION OF CHORD GROUPS BASED OFF OF THE RULES OF MUSIC THEORY.
EACH SCALE HAS ITS OWN UNIQUE COMBINATION OF CHORD GROUPS BASED OFF OF THE RULES OF MUSIC THEORY.

 

 

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES IS EXPRESSED THROUGH COLOR... SAME COLOR = SAME ROOT NOTE
THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES IS EXPRESSED THROUGH COLOR... SAME COLOR = SAME ROOT NOTE

 

 

OCTAVE, SPREAD, AND INVERSION CONTROL OF A C MAJOR 7TH CHORD (ALL CHORDS CAN BE MANIPULATED ON THE FLY, IN REAL TIME)
OCTAVE, SPREAD, AND INVERSION CONTROL OF A C MAJOR 7TH CHORD (ALL CHORDS CAN BE MANIPULATED ON THE FLY, IN REAL TIME)

 

  

THE LCD WILL SHOW YOU THE NAME OF WHATEVER CHORD YOU PLAY
THE LCD WILL SHOW YOU THE NAME OF WHATEVER CHORD YOU PLAY

 

 

 

We are currently working on implementing an On-Board Arpeggiator, an On-Board Step Sequencer, and Custom MIDI Mapping into the TheoryBoards software. A more intuitive Control Panel will also be added.

PROJECTED DIMENSIONS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Width: 26” / Depth: 6” / Height: 1” Weight: 4 Lbs

93 Velocity Sensitive Pads / 93 5mm RGB LEDS / Illuminated LCD Display 

CONNECTIVITY

Standard MIDI 5 Pin DIN IN/OUT / USB Host MIDI / Bluetooth MIDI

 

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For those who are interested, this is a walk-through of a large portion of the scales. I start by playing the single notes from the bottom to the top and then I play the triads (the first pad in each color group on the chord side). This gives you a good idea about the emotional charge of the loaded scale. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     Thank you for taking the time to check out our invention! We love you! The TheoryBoard is the culmination of a two and a half year long project filled with ungodly amounts of obstacles. Blood, sweat, and tears (literally) went into manifesting this creation. We sacrificed time, energy, money, and parts of our sanity to bring you the most innovative MIDI controller the world has seen. We stand triumphantly over the graves of everything that has tried to stop us so far and we're beyond excited to share our vision with you. If you've landed on this page I can assume one thing about you... You are creative. Your journey is important. DO NOT STOP CREATING. Innovation and creativity are the only things that can save this world. Dream big, be brave, and push against the forces of entropy that plague the human mind. Do not allow simple minded people to restrict your vision, their opinions stem from a lack of perspective... pay them no attention, stay inspired. Be strong and resilient when times get rough (they will). We wish you wealth, health, and happiness on this crazy roller coaster of life.  Never forget... your journey is important. 

- The Irijule Team

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- The money raised by this campaign will be used to fund the first round of production for the TheoryBoard. This includes injection molding for the case and button pads, PCB manufacturing costs, and other components (LEDS, LCD displays, ECT...)
- We have done our best to accurately gauge our costs by building relationships with our future manufacturers and suppliers.
- We are confident that we will be able to fulfill our promises by the dates listed.
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