Why touch sensors and not real buttons?
Real buttons break. And they're noisy. They're also slow. Touch sensors detect your finger movement the instant it touches the key (or leaves the key), allowing you to play faster.
I play Sax. How long does it take to learn to play the Vindor?
2 seconds to find the on/off switch, and 3 seconds to place your hands and no time to start playing. The Vindor has button placement and function identical to a traditional Sax. While the Vindor doesn't have all the keys that you find on a traditional Sax, it does have all the essential ones used by beginning and intermediate players.
Can it do Clarinet or Flute fingering?
Yes. Changing from Sax to Clarinet is done via a software setting. A different mouthpiece is available with a 90 degree bend to allow for holding the Vindor like a Flute. This is possible because most instruments have keys and buttons in the same place, since the anatomy of the hand dictates the placement of keys, so it's just of matter of using different programming for different instruments.
Is it really easier to learn to play? Why?
The Vindor comes with desktop, iPhone, and web-based software. It follows the playing, pinpointing mistakes and playing an accompaniment to help keep tempo. Our library features pop songs and classical music for every taste.
The Vindor has fewer keys and buttons than a traditional sax. It includes just the essential ones used by beginning and intermediate players so it is less confusing and intimidating.
The Vindor has a standard mouthpiece but you don't need to learn how to vibrate the reed, which is the source of much frustration for beginners. Instead, the Vindor analyzes changes in air pressure to determine how to play the note. This means you start playing good tones, and are in tune right away. Even though it doesn't use the reed, it a real mouthpiece, so students get used to the feel of the reed and can practice tonguing and modulating air flow. This makes the transition to a real instrument very intuitive.
How does the Vindor compare to the Yamaha or Akai wind controllers?
Both the Yamaha and Akai are complex and aimed exclusively at professional players. The Vindor is easy enough for beginners and intermediate players, while still capable enough for professionals.
The Yamaha uses physical buttons and requires a MIDI synthesizer to produce sound, at additional expense.
Like the Vindor, the Akai uses touch buttons. But only the much more expensive high end model can generate its own sound.
Neither has a rechargeable battery, wireless option or headphone jack.
Only The Vindor comes with easy-to-use learning software.
The Vindor is less expensive, at $199. The Yamaha costs over $800 and Akai costs $300 for the low-end model (no sound) and $800 for the high end.
Why is it so much smaller and lighter than the Yamaha or Akai?
The Vindor takes advantage of the latest integrated microcontrollers and sensors that reduce size and cost dramatically. It was designed to fit in a backpack and be lightweight to avoid tiring out young players. The Yamaha and Akai controllers are based on dacades-old technology.
Can I connect to a guitar amplifier or effects pedals?
Yes. The Vindor has both headphone and guitar amp jacks. The jacks can dynamically sense the type of device connected to send the appropriate signals for a headphone, or an amplifier, or a line-level receiver. It should sound fine on any effects pedals you use. Because you can alter the type of waves generated (through configuration software), you can also create special effects without pedals, or use special waveforms that enhance the effects of pedals.
How does the SD card work?
The SD card allows the Vindor to play samples. We have a page with more details: specific instructions.