Frequently Asked Questions
Use of PlantWave will not require a paid app subscription. Basic features of our app will provide plenty of options for you to listen to plants. And, if you're someone who wants to use this with a synth or digital audio workstation, you won't need the app at all. If that applies to you, check out this update for more details https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/datagarden/plantwave/posts/2644514
For those of you who want to use the PlantWave app, there will be three tiers of features for you to choose from. Our Kickstarter backers will get all features free for 1 year, so you won't have to choose. You'll get it all!
Here's how it works:
The basic version of our app will include three sound sets designed by our team. Sound sets are suites of instruments that can be played by a plant. Our previous product, MIDI Sprout, had only one sound set, so we're happy to add this extra feature.
The basic version will also have the following features, which are big additions to our software offering over what we did with MIDI Sprout:
-Record + Share video
-Standard data visualization (graphs, etc)
-Change MIDI channel / scaling on firmware for customized use with pro audio equipment
In addition to the basic app, we will have an advanced version, which will allow for more detailed customization and sound design. While this will be free for all Kickstarter users for one year, it will require a subscription of $2.99/mo (or $30/yr) for others. This will essentially provide sound design tools for you to make your own sounds for plants to play. This was previously unavailable with MIDI Sprout. Here are the additional features:
-440hz / 432hz / 528hz, etc
If you want to go deeper than the advanced version of our app, there will also be a pro version for $9.99/mo (or $99/yr). This will also be free for one year for all Kickstarter backers. Features of this version will allow for the building of whole sound sets, something previously only possible via a professional tool like a digital audio workstation. Most users will not have a need to go to this level of detail, but for users who normally would use a digital audio workstation and want to leave the laptop at home, this will be an amazing new tool for you! The pro version will allow you to:
-Build your own sound sets with multiple instruments
-Multi Mode (route up to 4 PlantWaves at once!)
-Auto key detection for tuning to unique instruments.
We're really excited to make PlantWave available to you. Between the hardware and software updates we're putting together, PlantWave will be lightyears better than any other plant music hardware that has ever existed. It's truly an honor to get these tools to the people - allowing anyone to tune into the secret life of plants.Last updated:
PlantWave will have a 1/8" MIDI port, allowing MIDI connectivity to synths and digital audio workstations while reducing the size of the device dramatically. If you have a 5-pin MIDI jack on your synth, you will need a 1/8" to MIDI adapter (not included) to connect PlantWave to your synth. These can easily be acquired for $5.
For more info on pro features of PlantWave, visit:
We've discontinued MIDI Sprout because it had serious limitations for casual listeners and pro users alike. PlantWave will have all of the functionality of MIDI Sprout plus more - allowing you to power the device without changing batteries, stream data wirelessly to a phone with an easy to use app and even scale the MIDI signal on the device itself for use with hardware synthesizers.Last updated:
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