As they started down their paths towards finding new means of musical expression, one of the first steps involved thinking through what criteria need to be satisfied in order for something to even be called an instrument. Carla Scaletti offers two possible definitions:
To Scaletti’s idea of an instrument as something you practice, Native Instruments founder Stephan Schmitt adds the notion that practicing an instrument has to be an effort – but an effort that the instrument is designed to reward:
As closely tied to one individual’s vision as these instruments are, they’re also products in the marketplace that people buy, use and think about intensively. And so the question (posed by Young Guru in the post-discussion Q&A) of listening to user feedback, wishes and feature requests becomes ever more significant as the once-new instruments themselves become part of the standard music-making toolkit.
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