Donner MEDO is a new portable battery-powered sampling groovebox playable via touch; it’s now on Kickstarter.
Music production has become increasingly affordable and mobile in recent years. In software, thanks to various music apps for mobile devices (iOS/Android). In hardware, this trend was characterized by instruments such as the Novation Circuit, Korg volcas, and others.
The recent Wooovebox or Orba 2 shows how compact it can be. All these are instruments that you can put in your pocket and invite you to make music anywhere. Donner has now also discovered this market with their new MEDO groovebox.
MEDO is a new compact, portable groovebox. In terms of design, it is a small cube equipped with touch buttons controllable with touch gestures. The concept reminds me a lot of the Artiphon Orba 2, which goes in the same direction.
According to Donner, the engine consists of a sampler, Synthesizer, and looper. Alternatively, you can also use it as a MIDI controller. The hardware offers different modes/channels: scale, drum bass, chord, and lead.
Sounds can be imported via the MEDO synth app, where you can toggle between various preset sounds, including 15 sets of drum kit sounds from Loopmasters. Live Sampling is also possible. You can also create your custom instruments by sampling up to five seconds using the built-in microphone.
The engine combines subtractive synthesis and samples, says Donner. So, I assume that MEDO also has a built-in subtractive Synthesizer. Or does the developer here mean you can modify samples using classic synth parameters like filters and envelopes…? It’s not clear in the press release and Kickstarter campaign.
If you have a sound, you can play it with touch and it will be saved in loops with up to 128 bars with a quantization option. These can be beats, melodies, so everything you expect from a groovebox. The same touch concept for setting sounds etc.
The idea that Donner has here with the MEDO is not new. See Orba 2. The concept and features are very similar. So it’s more like Donner’s take on a super portable groovebox.
With MEDO, Donner will also exhibit at the 2023 Music China in Shanghai, China. To experience MEDO, visit the Donner booth # W5C52 and Tech+ Music Lab in the Shanghai New International Expo Center from October 11-14. Shipping will start in December 2023. The campaign is 100%+ funded.