I designed The Forge because I needed a structured controller that would let me easily launch different clips and samples during spontaneous moments in the music at my church. The original design just had a few buttons, and the clock in the middle (thanks Phil B!) But once I realized that instead I could have 118 buttons, and toggles, and knobs, and faders, and rotary encoders, and Bluetooth (thanks Bluefruit!), and hardware switchers, and a keyboard and trackpad, it became a very good riddle to solve.
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