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The Skoog

The Skoog is an exciting musical instrument for children of all ages and abilities. Expressive, tactile and intuitive, The Skoog is a universally accessible platform for creating and exploring musical sound.

Part NoProductPrice (ex VAT)Quantity
4926Skoog Single Solo Package (1 x Skoog musical interface & software)£316.00

Full Product Description

The Skoog uses state-of-the-art software to deliver the quality and expressive character of real musical instruments. Flexible and simple to use, it offers not only the opportunity for learning, creativity and expressive musicianship, but also a fun and engaging audio resource.

The Skoog package contains one multi-touch sensor, one software CD and comes complete with 10 fantastic instruments. Simply install the software on your computer, hook up your favourite loudspeakers and connect your Skoog to the USB port and you are ready to play.

The Skoog works well with individuals or groups - just touch and play! From featherlight to full bodyweight, simply squish, squash, twist, twang, pinch, prod or punch anywhere on the soft, tactile interface and you’ll be thrilled by the immediate, dynamic musical response.

An expanding range of musical instrument sounds means that there’s sure to be something for everyone. Give a gentle squeeze on The Skoog for a smooth swell of brass, or how about a subtle twist for a screeching, over-blown flute? With a different note on each side it’s easy to create chords and melodies.

Music for everyone

The Skoog puts you in full control of the sound. Fully adjustable sensitivity and skill settings mean that even an absolute novice can play like a pro. With the option to create custom user profiles (tailored to suit each individual), the software is really easy to use. Skoogmusic’s unique Musical Play Technology also allows you to use the Skoog to gain expressive control over any prerecorded sample or loop. It can encourage children to sing or experiment with other sounds.

Key features:

  • Robust and wipe clean.
  • Five adjustable touch sensitive surfaces.
  • A range of instruments: woodwind, brass, string and percussion.
  • Quick start presets.
  • Custom user profiles.
  • Use traditional scales or create your own.
  • Bonus software bundle.

Reviews of The Skoog

“A fantastic product that shows real innovation and fun alongside its more serious educational benefits. One of the easiest five stars we’ve given.” – Able Magazine – Best of the Best 2010

“This is more than just a sound making object, it’s a great way for young people to be introduced to making expressive sounds, and in time, music… The Skoog, though silly and fun loving on the outside, contains within it the serious potential to turn anyone into a musician and enjoy the satisfaction of musical expression.” – Young and Able Magazine (Sept 2010)

“…bring music-making to people of any ability – or disability.” – Wired Magazine (Sept 2010)

“The Skoog is an inspired and inspiring creation.”

“As part of Fife's Digital Literacy Creativity Team, along with my colleague David Imrie, I have been working with primary pupils at all levels to create digital animations and digital soundtrack music. Towards the end of last session I began to incorporate a Skoog into this project when working with early primary stage pupils, sometimes using it as a stand-alone instrument but more often using it to create a solo line over music we had already created in another software package.”

“As soon as they see the Skoog the pupils want to touch it and they are immediately drawn into musical experimentation as they manipulate it. They are further delighted when they discover the range of sounds available to them, particularly when they realise that we can record their voices and load the recordings into the Skoog software as samples, which they can then play back with the Skoog.”

“From a teacher's perspective the Skoog software is intuitive yet powerfully versatile, particularly in its ability to load samples and backing track by simply dragging and dropping, and in the ease with which performances can be recorded.”

Erik Knussen, Development Officer ICT Music, Fife Council Education Department

Support

Compatible with: Windows: XP / Vista / 7
Mac OS X: 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6

Technical requirements:

Computer with at least 1GB RAM
Stereo headphone/audio out
Colour display
CD ROM drive & USB port
Internet access for software updates, plug-ins and web support
Good quality loudspeakers recommended

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