FAQs

  • General

    How much is Skoog?

    You can purchase Skoog 2.0, which includes the iOS App, for just £199.

  • Learning & Education

    What if I don’t know what key a piece of music is in?

    Don’t worry, the Skoog App has an Auto-Key detect function. As long as you are online it can look up the key of a song or piece of music and set it automatically on the Skoog so you can concentrate on rocking your socks off.

    Do I need to be a musician to use the Skoog?

    No. The Skoog is really easy to learn and helps people new to playing music to learn about music and sound as they experiment with musical expression, from pitch, timbre and dynamics through to scales, instruments, recording and editing.

    Will this teach me how to play a ‘normal’ instrument?

    The Skoog can’t teach you how to play another instrument as such, but it does help people new to playing music to learn about music and sound as they experiment with musical expression, from pitch, timbre and dynamics through to scales, instruments, recording and editing. This is the grounding you would need should you wish to try out other musical instruments.

    Can I still buy Skoog 1.0 for education?

    Yes you can, and the wired Skoog 1 is still available to buy from our reseller network. Contact a member of the team to find out more. Contact us here.

  • Functionality

    Can I use Skoog with a Mac or PC?

    Absolutely! As well being compatible with your iPad and iPhone, you can use your Skoog with your Mac or PC using our Skoogmusic software. You’ll need to download the software here then install it in order to run Skoogmusic on your Mac or PC.

    How sensitive is it?

    The Skoog needs just 500g of pressure to compress the foam enough to activate the sensor. The sensitivity is also adjustable, and by turning it up simply resting your hands on the Skoog should be enough to activate the sensors.

    How do I turn it on and off?

    There is a small button on the base of the Skoog. Press once to turn the Skoog on. The battery indicator light will illuminate. Green means there is plenty of charge, red means it is low on power. Tap the button again to switch on Bluetooth and advertise.

    It is important to turn Skoog off when not in use so as to conserve battery power. To turn Skoog off simply press and hold the button on the base for 5 seconds, at which point the battery indicator will flash twice and turn off. Your Skoog is now powered down.

    Does the Skoog need to be tuned? Can it be tuned to acoustic instruments?

    The Skoog App is tuned to concert pitch with A4=440Hz. The OSX/PC software offers micro tuning functionality for more demanding performance requirements.

    What else do I need to play sounds with the Skoog?

    Nothing! Just the Skoog, your iPad/computer, and you are good to go!

    Can I connect two Skoogs to the same iOS device?

    No, only one Skoog at a time on an iOS device I’m afraid! And it is the same for Skoogmusic OSX/Windows at the moment. But we are working on an update to  allow you to connect up to two Skoogs at a time to the same computer. Watch this space!

    Can it sound like a flute?

    Yes it can! The main ‘voice’ of the Skoog is generated by physical modelling, with a range of natural instrument sounds.

    How many notes can I play with one Skoog?

    With our standard software you can play 5 notes at a time, with the ability to pitch bend between each to produce microtones.

    Can you change the sounds on the Skoog?

    You certainly can! Both the Skoogmusic iOS App and Skoogmusic OSX/PC software boast a range of ultra expressive and dynamic physical modelling instruments. With the MIDI functionality the choice of Skoog sounds is limitless!

    Can the Skoog be used to record and sample audio through a microphone?

    The Skoogmusic OSX and PC software offers extensive sampling and audio recording functionality for the Skoog.
    We are working towards providing the same functionality for the Skoogmusic iOS App, although you can also utilise other readily available sampling apps and connect your Skoog to it via MIDI.

    Where does the sound output come from?

    The sound from your Skoog will be routed through the audio output of your iPad/laptop/desktop computer. You can of course enhance the sound of your Skoog by connecting some high quality loudspeakers/headphones.

    Does the Skoogmusic app produce its own sounds?

    Yes it does. The main ‘voice’ of the Skoog is generated by physical modelling, with a range of natural instrument sounds.

  • Purchasing

    Where can I buy the education bundle?

    You can purchase the Skoog 2.0 education bundle from one our education partners. Contact us here.

    Where can I buy Skoog 2.0?

    Contact us to find a retailer in your area. Contact us here.

    How much is Skoog?

    You can purchase Skoog 2.0, which includes the iOS App, for just £199.

  • App Compatibility

    Does the Skoog only work with Apple devices?

    No, you can also use your Skoog with Windows on a PC or on a Mac. You’ll need to download and install our Skoogmusic software before you use your Skoog with a PC or Mac – download it here. Linux users, please get in touch.

    Can I use my own sensor/controller with the app?

    No. The Skoogmusic app and the Skoogmusic/Mogo OSX/Windows software only work with the Skoog.

    How does the Skoog work with a laptop/desktop computer?

    Skoog works with laptop/desktop computers, both Windows PCs and Apple Macs, via the Mogo OSX or Skoogmusic OSX software. You can download the Skoogmusic software here.

    Which iOS audio apps can the Skoog ‘play’?

    Skoog can talk to any app that supports MIDI. Examples are Garageband, Nanologue, Orphion and ThumbJam.
    It is also compatible with Network MIDI, which will allow you to connect your Skoog to apps on any compatible device via your WiFi network.

    What do I need to send MIDI from the Skoog to an external MIDI device?

    You can connect your Skoog to an external MIDI device using the Skoogmusic OSX software, via any sound card that has a MIDI output. The Skoog App also supports network MIDI.

    What can I do with MIDI?

    MIDI is an easy way to connect different electronic musical instruments and allow them to ‘talk’ to each other. This is also how you can connect the Skoog to other synth apps on your iPad and record it in Garageband!

    Does the Skoog output Standard MIDI?

    Skoog isn’t MIDI class-compliant, but with the Skoog App it can output MIDI and connect the Skoog to other applications.

    Is the Skoog compatible with Android devices?

    Not yet. We will be staging the release of the Android versions of our software, but they won’t be available until mid-2016. Please email info@skoogusic.com if this is something you would like us to prioritise.

    Can I use the Skoog with Ableton Live?

    Of course! Skoog can connect to Ableton via MIDI using Skoogmusic iOS or OSX, but for extra features and customisation we are also developing an Ableton specific plugin, which will allow you to connect your Skoog to Ableton via Max for Live.  We are planning to launch the Ableton plugin for  Spring 2016

    Which iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad models does the Skoog support?

    Skoog is compatible with iPad models that support Bluetooth Low Energy, including iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro. It is compatible with Operating Systems iOS 8 or 9. Our iOS apps are not currently compatible with iPhone but we are working on it!

  • Hardware

    How sensitive is it?

    The Skoog needs just 500g of pressure to compress the foam enough to activate the sensor. The sensitivity is also adjustable, and by turning it up simply resting your hands on the Skoog should be enough to activate the sensors.

    Can the Skoog connect by USB as well as Bluetooth?

    It certainly can! Your wireless Skoog can connect to the computer via USB, the same way you connect it to charge up its battery. You will need the PC or Mac software to play the Skoog on one of these platforms. Please visit the software pages on our website for further details.

    How long is the battery life?

    The Skoog can be used for up to 10 hours between charges.

    What is the Skoog’s wireless range?

    Skoog 2.0 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth, and has a range of approximately 10 meters.

    How is Skoog 2.0 different from the old Skoog?

    For this new version of the Skoog, we have completely redesigned our sensor to fully exploit the opportunities for dynamic control, our manufacturing process, tooling…everything! We have listened to our users, and are answering some of our most popular requests: it’s wireless, iOS compatible, and more affordable.
    The new sensor has a much higher polling rate than the old Skoog, and the Bluetooth LE firmware has been reengineered to confirm to Apple’s Bluetooth LE midi specifications. Skoog 2.0 can also communicate with your Mac/PC using HID (USB). For those who want to get straight to the source data we’ll be releasing an API very soon so you can start using Skoog 2.0 in your own applications.We can’t wait for developers to start exploring different uses for Skoog 2.0! If you are interested in getting your hands on the API, please email support@skoogmusic.com.
    Oh yeah, and we think the new look is pretty darned awesome as well.

    Isn’t it just a MIDI controller?

    Definitely not! The Skoog is so much more than a MIDI controller – the core sounds available are dynamically generated by physical modelling synthesis, which translate your expressive gestures into musical sounds. The new Mogo software uses dynamic subtractive synthesis to make Skoog 2.0 more expressive than ever!

    Are those just buttons?

    The buttons act as a visual “lure” and give you better directional control whilst playing. The Skoog is in fact touch sensitive all over (with the exception of the base).

    How hard should I press? Isn’t it too easy to just knock the Skoog over?

    Skoog 2.0 is more tactile than ever, needing just under 500g of pressure to activate, so if you keep knocking it over, you are pushing too hard! The average weight of the human hand and forearm is around 2kg so try resting your hands on the Skoog and gently flexing to play.

    Where does the Skoog get power from?

    Skoog 2.0 gets its power via USB when connected to a desktop computer or laptop using a USB cable, or from its internal rechargeable battery (which charges via USB) when operating in wireless mode.