A new way to make music: Joué Play is a powerful MPE MIDI controller for music producers & a great first step into digital music-making for musicians

Joué Music Instruments has designed an innovative digital tool to create your own music in an intuitive and playful way: the Joué Play. 

Colorful, modular and easy to use with the accompanying app, the Joué Play is an instrument designed to make digital music creation simpler for any musician. Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced musician, the Joué Play is the perfect tool to get into digital music creation. And for those who are already using popular DAW (digital audio workstation), it adds an unprecedented expressive touch to their creations.

How did the journey start?
When Pascal Joguet (co-creator of the legendary JazzMutant Lemur, made famous by artists like Björk, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails…) and Arnaud Rousset teamed up in 2016, the two collaborators had one thing in mind: to design an ultra-expressive MIDI controller for advanced musicians. After a few prototypes, the Joué Pro was born.

Beyond the producers conquered by Joué’s technology, its modularity and innovative design also seduced musicians not converted to digital. However, because popular music production software is too complex, they were left frustrated.

To open up to those who want to take their first step into digital music in a spontaneous and intuitive way, the team developed a plug and play application to play with the instrument. This time, there are no complex settings to experiment and create: the Joué Play is here!

Joué Play: a complete system 
The Joué Play system consists of up to four Pads and a Board, and an intuitive app that contains a bank of over 40 professional-quality sounds, how-to tutorials and more to help you create your own songs.  

State-of-the-art technology is used to provide the best possible playing experience with the Joué Play. The four soft silicone Pads represent different instruments: guitar, piano, keys, drum. Whether you’re a rock fan, into hip-hop or electronic music, you can create beats, play chords, cover songs and more.

The Joué Play app can be used to create beats and melodies, add effects and mix all sounds. Once placed on the Board, the app recognises the Pad and offers a range of instruments to play immediately. It’s an easy-to-use, visually informative interface that makes mixing and creating songs easy to do, without spending hours setting up production software. 

The app features: 
– Complex features made simple (Looper, Mixer, Quantize, Track, Preset selection, etc)
– High-quality sounds and effects
– Visual feedback 
– Sharing option

The Joué Play app that accompanies the instrument is available on Windows, macOS and iOS iPad. 

Musicians can play and compose on an infinitely expressive class-compliant device. They can build new musical skills, improve their technique, sketch any musical idea and grow from the Joué Play app to the Pro Option. 

A new way for musicians to share their passion with their children
Joué Play is ideal for all parents who want their children to get started in music in a simple and fun way. Combining more than 40 instruments in one, children love discovering the piano, the guitar or the drums to explore different musical worlds. Moreover, the benefits of daily musical practice are just as important for the youngsters. The Joué Play helps develop a musical ear but also creativity, coordination skills,  imagination and memory.

What’s more, the Joué App can host up to 8 Boards for impromptu jam sessions with your loved ones.

Joué Play Pro Option for DAW users
Once they want to make the move, musicians can step up from the Joué Play app to more complex music software with the same device thanks to an upgrade path to the Pro option.

As the Joué Play Pro Option reacts to the tiniest hand nuances, DAW users can bring unique expressivity to their creations with natural gestures such as vibrato & glissando. They can take full advantage of MPE capability to control all their MIDI messages simultaneously.

Modular, portable, and sustainable design
The Joué Play’s lightweight and compact design makes it easy to carry anywhere – in a backpack, on holiday, or on your commute. It only takes seconds to set up, so you can start making music whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. 

The Joué Music team has carefully selected the materials used in the manufacturing of the products to be mindful of the environment. The beech wood used for the Joué Play Board comes from sustainably managed forests, and everything is designed, manufactured and assembled locally in France. Joué Music Instruments has also made sure that the boards, which have pressure-sensitive captors, do not contain any batteries or perishable components; they are powered by USB-C. 

Joué Play & Joué Play Pro Option are available to buy now in two color themes (fire or water) at jouemusic.us (US) or jouemusic.com (UK).

Joué Play
Starter Pack: €245 / $245 – (1 Board + 2 Pads + App) 
Full Pack: €295 / $295 – (1 Board + 4 Pads + App) 

Joué Play Pro Option*
Starter Pack: €295 / $295 – (1 Board + 2 Pads + App + Joué Editor for MIDI settings) 
Full Pack: €345 / $345 – (1 Board + 4 Pads + App + Joué Editor for MIDI settings) 
*compatible with all DAW


Click on images below for high-res versions:

Joué Play (lifestyle)

Joué Play (product)

Joué Play App

Joué Play Pro Option

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