The $600 Zoom ARQ Areo RhythmTrak is bewilderingly strange. This futuristic-looking tambourine is part drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, MIDI controller, and acid-laced light show. It also has a built-in accelerometer, and that’s where things get interesting.
If you're more adept at playing with blocks than fiddling with a bunch of knobs and buttons, then you might need Mark Crosbie's SoundMachine. This sequencer lets you assemble a funky Midi beat using nothing but Lego—and maybe a crude sense of rhythm.
While talent isn't required to play Alkex Instruments unique eight-step sequencer, you will need a set of steel balls to lay down the beats. Forty-eight steel balls, to be exact, which trigger the optical sensors the machine uses in place of physical buttons.
The Tenori-On is a musical sequencer from Yamaha—basically a grid of LED-lit rubber buttons that lets you create musical loops and melodies. It may look like a prop from a 1970s sci-fi series, but it's actually a really intuitive and capable instrument that looks simply amazing. Have a look at it in action after the…