• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but still needs improvement

    • Written by from Bristol

    The Skoog is an innovative piece of kit, fairly durable, pleasant to manipulate and aesthetically pleasing. It is not totally accessible to everyone, with touch sensitive parts at all angles you do need to reach around the back to play some notes something that is especially problematic to those who might like to play the Skoog with their chin / head / knees etc., this is something that does reduce its accessibility to some. Being based on a type of sound synthesis known as physical modelling the skoog does have a fair degree of expression, but unfortunately the sounds are not amazing. The ability to output MIDI from the software is useful and goes someway to addressing the quality of the sounds provided by the PeRcolate physical modelling engine. The software itself is fairly easy to use and should go a fair way to getting those less comfortable with music technology (i.e teachers) making music in their classrooms. Unfortunately, as with most technology aimed at those with special educational needs and disabilities, the Skoog is fairly expensive for what it is.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working with Skoog

    • Written by

    I have been using Skoog now for nearly 4 years and it has become an intregal part of my music technology to enable the young people I work with, who have varying degrees of ASN both physical and across the cognitive continuum, to achieve great success in musical activities. They are able to have greater exam success but perhaps even more importantly they have increased confidence and are willing to tackle challenges where previously they would have given up. Skoog has helped to enable pupils to take part in events with mainstream pupils such as the Cultural Olympiad in London in 2012 and recently taking part in National Music Youth Festival.
    I have also used Skoog with the elderly and have been impressed by the reactions of people with dementia where they have been focussed for a longer period of time working in a group situation or in a 1 to 1 situation with myself.
    Another important point about Skoog is that it can be used to encourage communication.
    I consider Skoog a valuable tool when developing and encouraging musical activity.

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sensational skoog

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The Skoog is sensational. A liberating piece of hardware and backed up with superb tools and support. We use it at The Songwriting Charity. And we love it.

    6 of 9 people found this useful