Oddball: The Machine Crammed Inside a Ball

I absolutely love music, and while it is not my first love and passion, I have spent my life around it. Both my mother and my youngest brother are gospel music recording artist. The same brother and his oldest son are two of the top drummers in the country. So, needless to say, that when I was asked to write this article I got excited, to say the least. I have spent a lot of time in the production process and creating most of the tracks I used to promote my brand, I am immensely familiar with the drum machine. The Oddball is a creative masterpiece.

Whether it is music, business, learning, etc., I believe in getting outside of the box — thinking laterally to challenge the existing parameters. The Oddball is a device that allows the average person and the musical genius alike to do just that. In case you are wondering, the Oddball is a ball with an entire drum machine on the inside. After my youngest brother caught up with me in size, there were two things I could not beat him in, basketball and drumming. I got a lot closer in basketball than I got in drumming, but the Oddball has given me new hope.

This device gives the idea of making music on the go an entirely different meaning. As you bounce the ball from different angles and against different surfaces, you get different sounds that are unique. Make no mistake about it, this is not a novice contraption that reproduces the same five sounds over and over.

What I love about this device is that it transcends music and transports you into the realm of creativity. Music is one of the strongest forces when it comes to mental liberation and imagination. This is why I have such admiration for musicians. The Oddball allows someone who has not mastered music the way that my brother and so many others have to experience the creativity and imagination of making music that moves the soul — all with the drop and throw of a ball. The creators of Oddball had one primary goal in mind when they created this device and that was to give everybody in the world a chance to make their own music.

Making beats has never been easier than it is with this device. Making music with this ball is fun, intuitive and easy. Most of all, it can be done virtually anywhere.

The Oddball is made up of two primary parts. The ball and the mobile app. The ball functions as the percussion trigger. Every time the ball bounces, the sensors located at the center of the ball communicate with the app by way of Bluetooth connectivity, allowing your phone to play the sound through your headphones, plugged in speakers, or the speakers on the phone. The ball is extremely pressured sensitive, meaning that the harder you bounce the ball, the more intense the sound it creates. Conversely, the lighter that the ball is bounced off of a surface, the more delicate the tune it creates.

The app also provides the capacity to edit the beats you create to improve the unique distinction of your tracks. You can loop beats, play the beat over your favorite songs or add additional sound effects. The application is inherently shareable, meaning that it is its own shareable platform, allowing you to share the latest posts of your beats right there on the app. You can also share to other social networks as well.

If you are like me and you are faced with having to constantly create new tracks that are unique to avoid getting copyright dings on YouTube, this is definitely a great device to have at your disposal. I am also a creator who loves hard baselines and heavy percussion, so this is right up my alley.

Once you download the app and sync it to the ball, just throw on your headset and head outside to explore all of the different ways that you can create new music with the simple bounce of a ball. One way that you can increase the creativity and complexity is playing with more than one ball simultaneously, which the app supports. There is literally no end to what can be done here with a little creativity.


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