The Jamboxx is a rich, full-featured MIDI wind controller played by professional musicians worldwide. As a MIDI instrument it has endless possibilities when coupled with a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and your own creativity. While the Jamboxx includes a full license to Ableton Live Lite, you’re free to use any DAW such as Reaper (open source), Apple’s Logic Pro X, Avid’s Pro Tools or GarageBand.
A noted percussionist with multiple sclerosis is the new ambassador for Jamboxx, a hands-free breath powered instrument for all musicians including those with any form of disability.
“As a long-time touring and recording percussionist, I was diagnosed with MS, which eventually hindered my expression as a performer,” said Jackie Bertone, best known for his involvement with The Beach Boys. “Fortunately, with Jamboxx, I can now be more musical than ever, exploring a melodic side along with enhancing my rhythmic foundation, while finding new passion on the road to health and musical discovery.”
In 1990, I was diagnosed with motor neuron disease. In March 2004, I was hospitalized with acute respiratory failure, pneumonia, and taken to intensive care unit. I was discharged from the hospital with tracheotomy and ventilator support. Now, I have been living with ALS for over 20 years.
I have played classical and electric guitar extremely well before my diagnosis. I have worked in some music bands, such as the Dream Explorer and Group Alloy, and have worked with the New Folk groups. Recently I try to find the ways of making music again. I am interested in assistive instrument and Technologies.
Brad Hester - Annie in the Water
Beginning as a duo years ago, the band has evolved into the five-piece powerhouse that it is today. Members Brad Hester (lead vocals/acoustic guitar), Michael Lashomb (lead guitar/vocals), Josh West (drums/ percussion/vocals), JD Tolstoi (keyboards/ organ/vocals), and Billy Comstock (bass/ vocals) have been taking the east coast by sonic-storm together since last April, with performances at StrangeCreek, Disc Jam, ADK Independence Music Festival and the Frendly Gathering (among others), and the momentum is increasing.
Here’s another video with Brad free-styling with the Jamboxx.
I am Tobias from Duesseldorf, Germany. I have a condition called Duschenne’s Muscular Dystrophy that was diagnosed when I was around 6 years old. At first I wasn’t interested in music very much but then I was fascinated by electronic music by artists like Jean-Michel Jarre. One day when I was 16 I saw an electronic keyboard and liked the fact that it is possible to play any instrument or sound and I began playing the keyboard immediately. After many years, playing the keyboard became more and more difficult because I was loosing the use of my hands due to my condition. It was when I was at the Reha Care and Ruud van der Wel showed me his Magic Flute breath controller that I realized there was a way for me to continue to play music. Ruud told me about David Whalen who was working on a hands free electronic harmonica and this was the moment I got to know the Jamboxx. Since I also write software, I have also developed some custom software applications for the Jamboxx.
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