Eigenlabs Alpha - Performance Instrument/Controller (Ebony Keys/Ebony Finish/Silver Trim)

Eigenlabs Alpha - Performance Instrument/Controller (Ebony Keys/Ebony Finish/Silver Trim)

Eigenlabs Alpha - Performance Instrument/Controller (Ebony Keys/Ebony Finish/Silver Trim)


(Actual color may vary between productions)

Now Viewing:

No Longer Available

Product Highlights

  • 133 Keys Total
  • 10-bit (1024 Values) Key Resolution
  • Strip Controllers
  • Breath Controller
  • 1500 Percussion and Drum Loops
  • Play Soundfonts and Audio Units Plug-Ins
  • MIDI Control
  • Microphone Input
  • Mac OS X
Show moreShow less
Man Behind Layer

B&H $1000 Giveaway

Share your most-wanted item with friends & family for chances to win a $1000 B&H Gift Card. It's that easy!

1 new winner announced every week!
Limit 1 entry per day; Come back every day to increase your chance of winning!

Be sure to mention #BHWishList when you share!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Congrats to our winners so far — Mark P., Lauren K. & Daniel M.

Official Rules


NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The B&H $1,000.00 Giveaway (the "Giveaway" or "Sweepstakes") is void where prohibited by law and is sponsored by B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 ("Sponsor"). It is not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Twitter in any way.

Entry Period/Methods of Entry. The Sweepstakes will run from on or about November 7, 2016 until on or about December 19, 2016 (the "Entry Period"). Entries received outside the Entry Period are void. Enter the Sweepstakes via either one of the following methods. (1) Share your most wanted item on Facebook or Twitter via the dedicated links found on the B&H Website (www.bhphoto.com); or (2) Mail a postcard (postmarked during the Entry Period) containing your name, address, phone number, and email address, and indicate the subject(s), if any, about which you are interested in receiving future emails from B&H (e.g. photo, video, audio, computers, home theater, portable entertainment ) (optional) to: B&H $1,000.00 Giveaway, c/o B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (either option, an "Entry"). Entries must not, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries deemed by Sponsor to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Entries owned by a third party, or the use of any trademarks, service marks, logos, brands, or products owned by a third-party are not acceptable for entry into the Sweepstakes. Limit 1 entry per person, per day.

Winner Selection/Prizes/Odds. The B&H Social Team will randomly select a winner from among all eligible entries every Monday during the Entry Period, for a total three (3) winners (each a "Winner"). Each Winner will receive a B&H Gift Card pre-valued in the amount of $1000.00. No cash or other substitutions will be offered. Winner selection is in the sole and absolute discretion of the B&H Social Team. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winners will be notified and receive their prize to the e-mail address associated with the account to which their Entry was posted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Identity of Winners/Eligible Participants. Winners will be identified by the e-mail account associated with the Facebook or Twitter account from which their Entry was submitted or the email account provided with a mail-in entry. An e-mail account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such e-mail account by the internet access or online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with such e-mail account. Any issues regarding the identity of a Winner shall be resolved by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The Sweepstakes is only open to residents of the United States that are at least eighteen (18) years of age on their entry date and is not open to employees of Sponsor, their immediate family, any person domiciled with such employees, or any affiliates or subsidiaries of Sponsor.

Entry Ownership/Entrant Agreements. Entrants retain full ownership and copyrights to their Submission. However, by entering the Sweepstakes entrants grant Sponsor permission to use their Entries for promotional purposes on their respective social media channels with proper credit. Entrants also agree: (a) to be bound by these Official B&H $1,000.00 Giveaway Rules; (b) that any claims related to this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action and that awards, shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred in entering the Sweepstakes, and shall not include incidental or consequential damages or attorneys fees; and (c) that any actual or perceived ambiguities in these rules shall be interpreted by Sponsor in their sole discretion.

Limitation of Liability/Sponsor Modification/Cancellation Rights/ Choice of Law/ Venue/ Winners List. Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete entries or for failure to receive entries due to technical failures or human error of any kind. Winners agree that Sponsor will have no responsibility for losses or damage of any kind resulting from the acceptance, possession, or use of the prizes. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrant's consent to the publication of his or her name by Sponsor in any media for commercial or promotional purposes without limitation or further compensation subject to Sponsor's respective Privacy Policies. Sponsor may modify or discontinue the Sweepstakes at any time and may disqualify from the Sweepstakes any person it determines, in its sole discretion, to have attempted to or actually tampered with or otherwise abused any aspect of the Sweepstakes. Entrants agree that in the unlikely event a dispute arises in connection with this Sweepstakes, it will be governed by the laws of the State of New York and heard exclusively in a court of applicable jurisdiction in the County and State of New York irrespective of any choice of law provisions to the contrary. To receive names of the winners by U.S. mail, please mail a self-addressed stamped envelope to: B&H Foto & Electronics Corp., Attn: B&H $1,000.00 Giveaway, 440 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Any Winners List request must be received by B&H within one (1) year of the date the Sweepstakes is conducted.

Let us know how to reach you if you win!

Privacy 100% guaranteed; email address for contact purposes only


Already have a B&H account? Just log in tomorrow to enter again!

  • 1Description

The Alpha from Eigenharp is a professional-level instrument that allows a musician to play and improvise using a limitless range of sounds with virtuosic skill. It excels as a performance instrument, delivering endless permutations for control and expression of either the supplied instrument sounds, or of virtual instruments from other manufacturers.

The instrument consists of a unique control "surface" containing a total of 133 highly sensitive keys that are internally sampled at 2,000 samples per second to deliver incredibly detailed control nuances. The sampling is also applied to the two strip controllers and the breath controller, providing almost endless possibilities for flexible keyboard layouts, fast instrument switching, and expressive musical control.

The Alpha, when connected to a required Mac computer, can play and record loops, change scale and key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, create arrangements, switch and layer multiple sounds, all while the musician is performing live on stage. Additionally for the solo performer, it can control an entire set. A very comprehensive built-in sequencer works for both percussion sounds and pitched instruments.

A feature rich software system provides a wealth of musical performance features that includes the already mentioned playback of the instrument's own native sounds, along with many common software plug-ins, Soundfonts, or external MIDI instruments via the MIDI outputs available on the included base station. The entire system has been built to withstand the rigors of live performance, and since all sound generation takes place on the computer, the controller will never become obsolete.

Unique performance instrument/controller
133 keys, 2 strip controllers and breath pipe
The keys use a unique 3D technology which is not only incredibly sensitive, down to the width of a micron, but also detects movement in 5 directions - pressure for volume, side to side for effects and up down for pitch
All control points sampled at rates far in excess of even the latest MIDI specification, delivering very detailed nuances
Eigenlabs software is based on a modular synthesis model that allows control inputs to be routed and manipulated by the user to achieve a wide variety of effects
Almost any control from the "keyboard" or MIDI inputs can be used to manipulate any parameter in the system
In addition, these effects are fully polyphonic allowing for control of each note individually
Includes 1,500 AIFF format (time-stretch and tempo change capable) percussion and drum loops, Sampletekk Black Grand Steinway D, Sampletekk Tubed Rhodes, Camel Audio's Eigenlabs Player version of "Alchemy" and the company's physical models of a cello and clarinet
The EigenD software is also capable of using any third-party SoundFonts, sample instruments and Audio Units virtual instruments
The breath pipe can be used to articulate notes just like a traditional wind instrument, or it can be used to control samples, effects and filters - or it can be hooked up to control any parameter of a sound, even the tempo
The strip controller can be used to pitch bend, bring in loops and add effects and filters
Microphone input with high-quality analog-to-digital converter for vocoder use
For solely percussion use, the user can map as many keys as required to drum kits and drum samples
Ships with a range of video tutorials and a Quick Reference Guide
Modular Synthesis Modules
  • Soundfont oscillator (SF2 files, other sampler formats such as ESX24 can be used via CDXtract) with ability to cross fade between two sample sets on key yaw
  • AHDSR envelope generator (with complex functions for key press shaping)
  • Drummer (plays AIFF loop files with tempo time stretching)
  • Sine/Sawtooth/Square oscillator
  • High-, Low-, Band-pass filter
  • Ladder filter
  • Gain control
  • Mixer with effects sends/returns and stereo panning
  • Cello physical model (can be bowed via strip controllers, breath pipe or a key)
  • Clarinet physical model
  • Audio Units host
  • Hardware MIDI Output interface
  • Hardware MIDI Input interface
  • Convolution engine
  • Multi-tap, multi-line delay
  • Value range changer
  • Keyboard splitting, routing, and course definition
  • Recording and playback of takes
  • Musical Scales and pitch bending
  • Metronome for musical clock generation (including a tap tempo function to set tempo from a key)
  • String model to impose string-like or wind instrument type monophony
  • Grouping of modules into defined software instruments
  • Scales can be defined in an instrument, or can be associated with a key routing so that the scale, octave and tonic change according to how the instrument is being played
  • 86 built-in scales
Event Triggering
The system allows defined events to take place according to a variety of triggering actions. Events that can be triggered include:

  • Global and individual instrument mixer channel volume changes
  • Parameter and configuration changes
  • Various actions in the graphical interface
  • Starting and Stopping of the metronomes
  • Playback of recorded takes
  • Initiation of a new recording
  • Starting and stopping drum loops
  • Playback of a single note
  • Changing key
  • Changing scale
  • Changing tempo

These actions can be triggered by various modules, which currently include:

  • Talkers - triggering an action mapped to a specific keypress
  • Scheduler - triggering actions at times within a song
  • Arranger - triggering according to a repeated pattern (ie. step sequencing)
  • Talker actions can also be triggered by MIDI input notes from external MIDI hardware, so MIDI foot boards can be used, for example, to change key or tonic, or tempo, while playing
In the Box
Eigenlabs Alpha - Performance Instrument/Controller (Ebony Keys/Ebony Finish/Silver Trim)
  • Standard Base Station
  • Power Cable
  • 6m Controller to Base Station Cable
  • 2m Base Station to Computer (USB) Cable
  • 8GB USB Stick
  • Breath Pipe
  • 2 x Mouthpieces
  • Hiscox Carry Case
  • Laptop/Base Station and Cables Carry Bag
  • Leather Strap
  • One (1) Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Polyphony Maximum number of concurrent notes: at least 40
    Maximum number of simultaneously starting notes within 5mS: at least 8
    Latency Less than 7mS end to end (from key press to sound)
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48 and 96khz
    Controllers 120 x Keys on the main keyboard
    12 x Percussion keys on the lower part of the instrument
    1 x Mute key
    1 x Breath pipe
    2 x Strip Controllers (19"/480mm long)

    All controllers sampled at 2,000 samples/second with 10-bit (1024 value) resolution

    Formats File formats: SF2 (Soundfont 2) and AIFF (Apple Loop)
    Plug-in formats: Audio Units and Eigenlabs native instruments
    MIDI 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In/Out via USB MIDI interface
    Microphone Input Balanced input
    24-bit/96kHz analog to digital converter
    Low noise programmable gain from 10dB to 45dB in 1.0dB steps
    Software switchable 48V phantom power
    10V Electret polarization power available
    EIN: -110dBm A-weighted with 150Ω source, 20Hz to 20kHz @ 40dB gain
    EIN: -115dBm un-weighted with 150Ω source, 20Hz to 20kHz @ 40dB gain
    26dB software switchable input pad
    Industry standard 4-pin LEMO locking connector
    Headphone Output 24-bit/48kHz sampling rate, Sigma-Delta digital to analog converter
    Software programmable volume
    Mute, soft ramp and zero cross detection for volume adjustment v94dB signal to noise ratio
    THD: < 0.1% at 1kHz, 30Ω load at -3.0dBfs
    Up to 75mW output on a 3.5mm mini jack socket
    System Requirements Required
    Apple computer with 2GHz or higher Intel processor
    Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
    2GB RAM
    10GB hard drive space
    USB 2.0 compatible USB port

    CoreAudio compatible audio hardware
    4GB RAM minimum for larger SoundFonts
    Additional 15GB free hard drive space for downloadable additional free Soundfonts and Loops
    CoreMidi compatible MIDI hardware
    Dimensions (WxDxH) Alpha: 3.2 x 1.2 x 48.4" (8 x 3 x 123cm)
    Base Station: 6.7 x 6.5 x 2" (17 x 16.6 x 5cm)
    Weight Alpha: 5.7 lb (2.6kg)
    Base Station: 3.5 lb (1.6kg including power supply and cable)
    Specialties 11.8" (300mm) retractable floor spike with removable rubber foot

    Eigenlabs Alpha - Performance Instrument/Controller (Ebony Keys/Ebony Finish/Silver Trim) Review

    Be the first to review this item
    See any errors on this page? Let us know.