Angela Lee

Angela Lee

is creating The ultimate music performance machine for studio and stage.

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Pipes is a new audio platform which out-horse powers a laptop, outperforms any sample player, and is built to get even better over time.
Imagine the audio quality of a high-end audio interface combined with the fastest and most powerful sampler engine ever created. That’s Pipes in a nutshell, but it’s only the beginning.
Based on groundbreaking core technology, Pipes is new category of machine for creating music and performing live. It has the convenience of a touchscreen tablet style interface, the flexibility of an open source software platform, and the durability for going onstage night after night. Best of all, it’s priced at half the cost of the latest smartphones and updates are free forever!
Scroll to learn more!

There's a lot to love about Pipes. Pipes has many options for connections, and a wide array of features big and small. This is about as short a list as we could make without leaving something important unsaid!

  • Choose between two versionswith the exact same specs and functionality, the ONLY difference is the amount of onboard storage, either 32GB and 128GB.
  • Pipes comes pre-loaded with a large onboard library of pristine, original, high-quality instruments, loops, and sounds.Getting started is simple-plug in your USB MIDI or 5-pin MIDI device and start. Tons of presets included!
  • Pipes is created for musicians of any skill level or experience.Professional sound designers, bands, DJs and performers will love the power and flexibility of Pipes. At the same time, those just beginning their journey will enjoy how easy it is to get started simply by exploring all the onboard instruments.
  • Import, manipulate and play your own samples.Pipes supports ALL major formats including these: WAV, AIF, MDA, EXS, NKI, SFZ, GIG. Pipes is fully MPE compatible as well!
  • Pipes’ entire sound and instrument library loads at startup and can be triggered instantly,thanks to our patented audio engine powered by our unique Parallel Access ZDL technology. Parallel Access means your entire library is always loaded and ready to play. Switch between huge multi-GB instruments or sample sets immediately or play them at the same time! ZDL stands for ‘zero discernible latency’ which means the time between triggering the sample and hearing it play back feels instantaneous without any lag or delay. Even the world’s greatest drummers can’t tell, because ZDL was developed with their help!
  • Pipes comes pre-loaded with custom Tweakerswhich allow you to manipulate audio before it triggers. Advanced users can build their own custom Tweakers using the open source Pure Data visual programming language.
  • Pipes is pre-loaded with effectswhich can further manipulate your audio. And we’ll be adding more and more effects via updates, which are free for life! All effects parameters are controllable in real-time by MIDI or LFO's.
  • You can operate multiple internal pipelines (pipes) at once, each with their own sounds, instrument files, Tweakers and effects. You can split them or stack them to create rich, complex, original sounds, or use them separately, allowing multiple players to connect and trigger sounds and instruments at the same time.
  • Roll your own with Pipes.An open source GUI, a full list of Audio Engine OSC commands (Open Sound Control) and features like internal resampling offer you the ability to hack Pipes into your own personal sonic invention.
  • Pipes is compact, portable, durable and designed to be on stage.Pipes is housed in a steel + aluminum case which means that it’s the right balance of durability for rugged conditions without being too heavy.
  • 100V - 240V external power supply for world-wide use.Backers will receive the correct plug adaptor for their territory based on where the unit is being shipped.
  • Pipes is an instrument, not a gadget or a toy. We want our users to enjoy many years of making music. We won’t be releasing a “new version” that requires you to buy new hardware to keep up.
  • Backers get free updates for life which includes Pipes firmware, software and content. Eventually we will open Pipes up to third-party developers, creating a marketplace for users to buy and sell their own original content and software.
  • All backers get lifetime support, which includes updates and tech support.Read about our 

Pipes is brought to you by Synesthesia Corp’s founder and inventor Vince DeFranco along with a core team of designers, programmers and support staff. This is the same crew that brought you the Mandala Drum, the Eyris and the Dimension Beam(acquired by Roland and renamed the D-Beam). It’s also the team that brought you Synapse, launched successfully  in 2013.
Now we are back with our most ambitious and exciting product to date. We started five years ago dreaming up the ultimate module to power our Mandala Drums. After lots of research and development, our technology has caught up with our best ideas and supplies are available at a much lower price point. This has led to the most amazing device that doesn’t just support Mandala Drums, but every type of USB MIDI and 5-Pin MIDI instrument. Keyboards, drum pads, wind controllers, stringed instrument MIDI controllers are all perfect for Pipes.
As musicians, we’ve all wished that our laptops were more stable and less delicate because they are a convenient, portable way to bring a lot of power and flexibility to the stage. We’ve all dealt with the frustration when our laptops interfere with our ability to perform or create due to a variety of issues. We’ve felt nervous wondering if all of our hardware and software will play well with each other, as well as hoping that no one accidentally knocks over our laptop or tablet on stage!
Finally, you have an option that has never been available before. A platform with the power and flexibility of a computer, but streamlined just for music performance. Keep your laptop or tablet safe at home or in the studio, and help us continue to make Pipes the ultimate music performance device.
Tiers
Product
$1 or more per month
 

Fortunately this is not our first rodeo. We’ve developed, built and shipped several products. This means our supply chain is solid and our core technology has already been tested and refined for some time.

The hardest part is already done. The prototype hardware you see on this site and in the video is, for the most part

Experience
$2 or more per month
 The primary area of focus between now and when we ship the first Founder’s Club edition of Pipes is the user interface and user experience for the touchscreen. We want Pipes to be easy to use even though it can be a complex and very powerful device. We have to make sure it's easy for first time users to start exploring and learning, then we also need our advanced users to be able to access deeper functions with similar ease.  
Tweakers
$3 or more per month
 We’ll also be creating custom tweakers for popular MIDI controllers so that you can map all functionality to your device simply by loading its associated tweaker. For example if you have an M-Audio Axiom 49, which has 49 keys plus an assortment of pads and sliders, you would load that tweaker and all of your controls would be mapped and connected.
Include at launch
$4 or more per month
 We will also be developing as many Tweakers, effects, and presets as possible to include at launch. We already have quite a few! Whatever is not finished by launch will have no bearing on usability and will be available in subsequent software updates. Target dates are at the bottom of this very long timeline! 
Vince DeFranco
$5 or more per month
 Aug 1998 - Vince DeFranco's break-thru smash. While opening for Melvins and TOOL at Santa Barbara County Bowl on August 29, 1998, his laptop fails and the only logical rock and roll thing to do... is smash it to pieces. The audience went wild. This was the first inkling of a wish - what if there was a better way? 
Pipes is a new audio platform which out-horse powers a laptop, outperforms any sample player, and is built to get even better over time.
Imagine the audio quality of a high-end audio interface combined with the fastest and most powerful sampler engine ever created. That’s Pipes in a nutshell, but it’s only the beginning.
Based on groundbreaking core technology, Pipes is new category of machine for creating music and performing live. It has the convenience of a touchscreen tablet style interface, the flexibility of an open source software platform, and the durability for going onstage night after night. Best of all, it’s priced at half the cost of the latest smartphones and updates are free forever!
Scroll to learn more!

There's a lot to love about Pipes. Pipes has many options for connections, and a wide array of features big and small. This is about as short a list as we could make without leaving something important unsaid!

  • Choose between two versionswith the exact same specs and functionality, the ONLY difference is the amount of onboard storage, either 32GB and 128GB.
  • Pipes comes pre-loaded with a large onboard library of pristine, original, high-quality instruments, loops, and sounds.Getting started is simple-plug in your USB MIDI or 5-pin MIDI device and start. Tons of presets included!
  • Pipes is created for musicians of any skill level or experience.Professional sound designers, bands, DJs and performers will love the power and flexibility of Pipes. At the same time, those just beginning their journey will enjoy how easy it is to get started simply by exploring all the onboard instruments.
  • Import, manipulate and play your own samples.Pipes supports ALL major formats including these: WAV, AIF, MDA, EXS, NKI, SFZ, GIG. Pipes is fully MPE compatible as well!
  • Pipes’ entire sound and instrument library loads at startup and can be triggered instantly,thanks to our patented audio engine powered by our unique Parallel Access ZDL technology. Parallel Access means your entire library is always loaded and ready to play. Switch between huge multi-GB instruments or sample sets immediately or play them at the same time! ZDL stands for ‘zero discernible latency’ which means the time between triggering the sample and hearing it play back feels instantaneous without any lag or delay. Even the world’s greatest drummers can’t tell, because ZDL was developed with their help!
  • Pipes comes pre-loaded with custom Tweakerswhich allow you to manipulate audio before it triggers. Advanced users can build their own custom Tweakers using the open source Pure Data visual programming language.
  • Pipes is pre-loaded with effectswhich can further manipulate your audio. And we’ll be adding more and more effects via updates, which are free for life! All effects parameters are controllable in real-time by MIDI or LFO's.
  • You can operate multiple internal pipelines (pipes) at once, each with their own sounds, instrument files, Tweakers and effects. You can split them or stack them to create rich, complex, original sounds, or use them separately, allowing multiple players to connect and trigger sounds and instruments at the same time.
  • Roll your own with Pipes.An open source GUI, a full list of Audio Engine OSC commands (Open Sound Control) and features like internal resampling offer you the ability to hack Pipes into your own personal sonic invention.
  • Pipes is compact, portable, durable and designed to be on stage.Pipes is housed in a steel + aluminum case which means that it’s the right balance of durability for rugged conditions without being too heavy.
  • 100V - 240V external power supply for world-wide use.Backers will receive the correct plug adaptor for their territory based on where the unit is being shipped.
  • Pipes is an instrument, not a gadget or a toy. We want our users to enjoy many years of making music. We won’t be releasing a “new version” that requires you to buy new hardware to keep up.
  • Backers get free updates for life which includes Pipes firmware, software and content. Eventually we will open Pipes up to third-party developers, creating a marketplace for users to buy and sell their own original content and software.
  • All backers get lifetime support, which includes updates and tech support.Read about our 

Pipes is brought to you by Synesthesia Corp’s founder and inventor Vince DeFranco along with a core team of designers, programmers and support staff. This is the same crew that brought you the Mandala Drum, the Eyris and the Dimension Beam(acquired by Roland and renamed the D-Beam). It’s also the team that brought you Synapse, launched successfully  in 2013.
Now we are back with our most ambitious and exciting product to date. We started five years ago dreaming up the ultimate module to power our Mandala Drums. After lots of research and development, our technology has caught up with our best ideas and supplies are available at a much lower price point. This has led to the most amazing device that doesn’t just support Mandala Drums, but every type of USB MIDI and 5-Pin MIDI instrument. Keyboards, drum pads, wind controllers, stringed instrument MIDI controllers are all perfect for Pipes.
As musicians, we’ve all wished that our laptops were more stable and less delicate because they are a convenient, portable way to bring a lot of power and flexibility to the stage. We’ve all dealt with the frustration when our laptops interfere with our ability to perform or create due to a variety of issues. We’ve felt nervous wondering if all of our hardware and software will play well with each other, as well as hoping that no one accidentally knocks over our laptop or tablet on stage!
Finally, you have an option that has never been available before. A platform with the power and flexibility of a computer, but streamlined just for music performance. Keep your laptop or tablet safe at home or in the studio, and help us continue to make Pipes the ultimate music performance device.

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Tiers
Product
$1 or more per month
 

Fortunately this is not our first rodeo. We’ve developed, built and shipped several products. This means our supply chain is solid and our core technology has already been tested and refined for some time.

The hardest part is already done. The prototype hardware you see on this site and in the video is, for the most part

Experience
$2 or more per month
 The primary area of focus between now and when we ship the first Founder’s Club edition of Pipes is the user interface and user experience for the touchscreen. We want Pipes to be easy to use even though it can be a complex and very powerful device. We have to make sure it's easy for first time users to start exploring and learning, then we also need our advanced users to be able to access deeper functions with similar ease.  
Tweakers
$3 or more per month
 We’ll also be creating custom tweakers for popular MIDI controllers so that you can map all functionality to your device simply by loading its associated tweaker. For example if you have an M-Audio Axiom 49, which has 49 keys plus an assortment of pads and sliders, you would load that tweaker and all of your controls would be mapped and connected.
Include at launch
$4 or more per month
 We will also be developing as many Tweakers, effects, and presets as possible to include at launch. We already have quite a few! Whatever is not finished by launch will have no bearing on usability and will be available in subsequent software updates. Target dates are at the bottom of this very long timeline! 
Vince DeFranco
$5 or more per month
 Aug 1998 - Vince DeFranco's break-thru smash. While opening for Melvins and TOOL at Santa Barbara County Bowl on August 29, 1998, his laptop fails and the only logical rock and roll thing to do... is smash it to pieces. The audience went wild. This was the first inkling of a wish - what if there was a better way?