Viral HiChord goes live on Kickstarter — and raises £90k in the first day

The chord synthesiser allows users to create tunes on the go.

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Last November, a charming little synthesiser started popping up around TikTok. While it was only in its prototype phase, the HiChord had people thoroughly intrigued. Over the following months, users eagerly watched the dreamy retro synth’s development.

After six months of trial and error, the HiChord is finally ready. And the loyal fans made their support clear – the synth has raised nearly £90,000 on Kickstarter in its first day.

But what is it about the HiChord that has people so excited? The pocket-sized synth taps into a child-like sense of creativity – the small device looks and feels like a toy, with its seven buttons and joystick. The hands-on simplicity urges you to get stuck in and play around.

Chords are also made easy with the HiChord. Users select which musical key they wish to play in, and the HiChord does the rest – users can then play a perfectly suited chord with just one button. This allows for an inspiring musical experience, as users can never hit a bum note. The joystick then allows users to extend, modify and embellish the chord to their heart’s content.


Quick HiChord jam 🐻 – available for pre-order on Kickstarer 😊 #hichord #synth #kickstarter

♬ original sound – HiChord

While the synth has a focus on fun, there’s also an effort to help users learn. As you play with the synth, the OLED displays the current chord name, key, and other useful information, allowing you to understand more about chord progression.

The HiChord also comes with a range of built-in effects. From delay, reverb, tremolo, glide and more, users will truly be able to tweak their sound. There’s also a 10-oscillator digital synth engine with multiple wave forms, as well as arpeggio modes.

Powered by a rechargeable battery and boasting a built-in speaker the portable design is perfect for creating on the go. It’s also a great synth for the touring musician, with a high-quality 3.55mm output that is perfect for the studio or while performing. It can even fit on your guitar!


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♬ original sound – HiChord

Backers supporting the current campaign are set to receive a classy orange, black and white HiChord. If there are enough backers, the HiChord will also be available in muted yellow/cream.

The HiChord is available to pre-order for £199 on Kickstarter, with plans to start shipping out in August.


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