Music production has made incredible strides over the last decade. It’s hard to imagine going from the first synthesizer to this surprising piece of machinery. Featured above is the Alphasphere, the latest in innovative MIDI controller technology.

The AlphaSphere works like a midi controller by allowing you to assign any sound to any pad. The sensitive pads allow for pitch and other sound changes to be made simply by pressing harder or softer, allowing for the manipulation of sound on the fly.

Watching users interact with the AlphaSphere is like watching a Sci-Fi movie unfold right before your eyes. Equipped with its own DAW program, you can expect to see more of these popping up in studios and performances around the world. Check out the preview below: