GigWiz is a powerful MIDI hardware controller designed to make live performance and music production easier and more intuitive. It solves a common problem for keyboardists who use mobile music setups - that app's complex interface can be difficult to navigate while playing on stage. GigWiz streamlines the process by providing a traditional keyboard layout along with physical controls that allow players to quickly adjust their sound on the fly. GigWiz can be used as a standard MIDI controller, but its true power comes from its efficient integration with the popular AUM app. AUM works like a VST host on iOS devices and can be difficult to navigate on stage. GigWiz's intuitive design enhances the user experience by eliminating the need to navigate the app's interface and making layered or split sounds and personalized adjustments from the convenience of physical hardware, just like a dedicated keyboard/workstation. With the addition of GigWiz and any MIDI-equipped keyboard, even a 10-year old iPhone can be turned into a standalone, stage-ready keyboard, making this setup an affordable alternative to mid-level dedicated keyboard workstations, with the added benefit of being easily expandable with new apps, sounds, and plugins. The custom template for AUM features two modules - Module A for real instruments such as piano, Rhodes, and organ, and Module B for synth sounds. With the dedicated controllers of GigWiz, users can; -turn on/off modules A and B, -layer modules(A+B) or split the keyboard (A/B or B/A), -quickly jump between presets for each module, -change octaves or transpose, -send sustain pedal messages, -send custom CC messages in ‘momentary’ or ‘toggle’ mode -add reverb or delay separately to each module or the master output using the rotary encoder, -change module volumes or the master volume with 3 Potentiometers, -send pitch-bend and custom CC messages using the Joystick and Fader Visual feedback is also an essential feature for keyboardists who perform live or work in production settings. Being able to see which preset is currently selected, the position of octave buttons, and the level of the effects is crucial to any performance. GigWiz's design includes a 128x64 OLED screen and 35 RGB LEDs for visual feedback. The OLED screen displays the current preset configuration and option menus, while the LEDs indicate various button functions. The LEDs also have another function - because of the semi transparent 3D printed plastic cover, they paint the entire device with two opposite color palettes ('cold' and 'warm', based on the selection of Modules A and B) to show players which module is currently selected.
GigWiz is highly innovative for several reasons. First, it solves a real problem for keyboardists and producers who use mobile setups. With the proliferation of mobile devices, more and more musicians are turning to apps for their music production and performance needs. However, many of these apps have complex interfaces that can make it difficult to make adjustments on the fly - especially on stage. GigWiz provides a traditional and intuitive keyboard layout, along with physical controllers that allow players to make lightning-fast adjustments to their sound without having to navigate the app's interface. Another great thing about GigWiz is you can bring new life to that old iPhone that's been sitting in your drawer or collecting dust in your closet. Instead of throwing it away or giving it to recycling, simply connect the phone to GigWiz and you can instantly expand the versatility of your MIDI keyboard. There's no need to invest thousands of dollars into the latest technology when you can get amazing performance from GigWiz with your current devices. Finally, GigWiz is highly expandable and customizable. While it was designed primarily for use with the AUM app, it can be easily adapted for use with other apps and software. Additionally, GigWiz allows players to create custom presets and mappings, which means they can set it up exactly how they like it and use it to best fit their musical needs. In summary, GigWiz is an innovative device that solves real problems for performing keyboardists and producers. Its intuitive design, integration with the AUM app, high degree of visual feedback, and expandability make it a must-have for anyone who wants to perform and produce music using mobile devices.