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About The Glide

What would it be like to play an accelerometer? But first . . . what's an accelerometer? An accelerometer is a tiny electronic device that measures acceleration. Acceleration is the feeling of being pushed back in your seat when you start driving or pushed to the side when you whip around a curve. It's not quite the same as "motion"; it's the change that happens when you go from one speed to another.  An accelerometer measures this, and The Glide is built around this incredibly precise device.

There are two controllers, one for each hand, and each controller has three accelerometers (for the X, Y, and Z axes.) Each of these accelerometers controls a different facet of musical expression. Notes are immediate and responsive down to the millisecond. When you play it you are literally playing the accelerometer, just like a violinist plays a string or a trombonist plays a column of air.

In Melody Mode, to choose tones and choose the octave, there are two buttons on one controller, three buttons on the other controller, and a small joystick. This adds up to 48 different notes instantly accessible at any time, and with the built-in instant transposition, you can play all of the notes the human ear can hear (and a bunch more.)

In addition, the newly unveiled Drum Mode and Chord Mode essentially triples the number of ways you can make music with The Glide, allowing you to make beats and play harmonies with a level of ease that allows the most inexperienced musician to start making music, but has enough depth to keep a dedicated musician busy for a very long time.

Frequently Asked

Does this make sound by itself?

No, The Glide is a MIDI controller, which means that it controls a piece of software that makes the actual sound. You can use Bluetooth or the included USB cable to connect to a PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone running a synthesizer app. There are thousands of these apps available, and many of them are free. The process is not complicated, equivalent to setting up a new keyboard or printer, and we're dedicated to providing in-depth customer support if this is all new to you.

How fast can I get one?

The Glide is proudly micromanufactured, and each one is hand-assembled and tested in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Check the order page for the most up-to-date info regarding lead times. 

How do you play this thing?

First set of video tutorials are here

Who designed The Glide?

The Glide was conceived, designed, and coded by Keith Groover, a musician, music educator, and inventor living in South Carolina.

The circuit board designer and electronic engineer is Darius Mostowfi, who also designed the hardware for Mission Engineering's Expressionator and Roger Linn's Linnstrument.

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