Australian company Misa is all about enabling live bands to play electronic music, and their new Tri-Bass is a great example of that.
The Misa Tri-Bass is a MIDI controller built for use with synthesizers or computers while fundamentally feeling like a bass. It has two main parts: a touch sensitive neck with three “strings” and a touch screen on the body. In standard playing mode, the touch screen has four sections to control four MIDI channels for different sounds while the neck controls pitch.
Tapping on one of the four sections plays the corresponding sound from your synth. The note can be sustained by dragging your finger upwards on the section. More tweaking to your effects can be done by dragging your finger across the x-axis. Besides standard mode, the Tri-Bass has a sample pad mode that divides the screen into six sections like a sample pad and another alternative mode for sliding chords with portamento.
The Tri-Bass is built from wood to give a more traditional feel to its futuristic features. It runs on a rechargeable internal battery, but also comes with a power adapter, MIDI cable and a MIDI-to-USB cable.
The Misa Tri-Bass is made in Sydney, Australia. It’s available for $650 ($180 for shipping) with a current wait time around 7 to 8 weeks. For more info, check out the Misa website.
Misa Tri-Bass Details:
- MIDI Controller – (makes no sound of its own)
- Touch Sensitive Neck
- Touch Screen
- Wooden construction
- Internal Rechargeable Battery
- MIDI Cable, USB-to-MIDI Cable Included