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Bringing innovation to music composition, 'Controller 1' introduces an inclusive tool for people of all abilities to live out their creative potential.

This is Controller 1

Si Tew of Digit Music approached the Design Unit, as part of the Impacting Business by Design Programme, in June 2019. By October 2019, his prototype was delivered. Within a few weeks, the Design Unit team worked with him to understand his requirements and how this new product could impact his company and target audience.

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The Brief

Digit Music set out to develop an inclusive music controller, for children to compose music while at home or school without the need to play a specialist instrument.

Working in the music production industry, Digit Music had developed a mechanism for children with varying degrees of disability to compose and write music, giving a new platform to explore untapped creativity. This went on to include being part of a 10 piece orchestra.

The Design Unit were approached to aid in the development of this specific controller, to aid those with disability in creating music with a more ergonomic and tested design of Digit Music's system, to also be incorporated within the School curriculum.


Initial Investment: £18k


Concept to Prototype: 12 Weeks


The Solution

The Design Unit team were so excited to get involved with such an innovative idea. Our team of designers and project managers worked with Digit Music and their expertise to create a product that could offer inclusive music composition in schools and be used for future marketing, supporting the growth of such an inspiring company.

The support doesn't stop there, the Design Unit team are still working with Digit Music with key contacts to enable the best chances of product commercialisation. This includes; manufacturers, access to private finance, grant writing support, marketing and branding experts and other business growth opportunities.

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"Working with IBbD has really transformed what my company, Digit Music, is able to deliver. They were able to turn around a product to a short timescale and delivered over and above on every element. I feel that I now have an experienced team supporting me, not only with product design, but with business support as we progress."

Si Tew - Founder of Digit Music

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Our Process

CAD Development

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Sketch Model Testing

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Prototyping Production Run

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Our Partnership

Working in partnership with Digit Music has been an eye-opening experience and the Design Unit team have had as much to learn and gain as Digit Music. Even now we are continually working with Si and his team to ensure that Digit Music is supported throughout the product commercialisation process.

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