French company Enhancia’s MIDI ring, which The Verge first saw at this year’s NAMM show, has debuted for preorder on Kickstarter. Now called Neova, the ring is an accessory for musicians to wear on the index finger of their right hand. Specific movements tell the ring to trigger effects while performing, like pitch bend and vibrato.
The ring contains a total of nine sensors, and it captures movements made while performing. These movements are then sent to a hub that’s connected to your computer via USB. It works with every major Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and every gesture the ring recognizes can be assigned to any parameter you wish. The ring’s sensitivity to the movements is also adjustable. Enhancia’s video above shows how it works in action, allowing musicians to add expressive effects like high or low pass filters without interrupting the flow of how they’re playing.
While there are other MIDI rings on the market, Enhancia hopes to differentiate itself by focusing on simple hand gestures. The company says it worked with over 50 musicians to choose which movements were most naturally performed while playing a keyboard. Originally, it supported three hand movements — a slight hand wobble, a slow tilt to the side, and a tilt forward. Now, Neova has two new gestures built in: a rocking hand wave and a roll.
When the ring was demoed earlier this year, there were some kinks to work out. It was wired, and the accompanying software was still in development. Even with these hindrances, when I tried the ring out at NAMM, it was easy to see how it could naturally dovetail into a performance with virtually no learning curve. Neova is now wireless, has a hub that’s also a charger for the ring and sports four assignable preset buttons on the front, and there’s a plug-in with hundreds of preset sounds, called Plume.
Enhancia’s Neova ring is now available on Kickstarter with early bird pricing of $259.95 and an estimated delivery date of March 2019. Each package will come with the wearable sensor (which Enhancia calls a “stone”), a set of swappable ring bands in varying sizes, the hub, a USB cable, two MIDI to 3.5mm jack cables, and the Plume software.