Meng Qi has been designing instruments for over 10 years. In this interview, we discuss the creative process behind the Wing Pinger. Inspired by Rob Hordijk's Blippoo Box, the Wing Pinger opens a world of sound design, performance and composition - exploring the boundaries of filter pinging.

In designing the Wing Pinger, Meng Qi aimed for an intuitive, performative, instrument. The large chickenhead knobs allow for one finger swings that take the sound from beautiful melodies to complete chaos, and the touch keyboard encourages melodic performance.

Check out the prototype pictures below to see how button positions had changed to get to the final design.

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Instrument in discussion

Sketches & prototypes

Breadboard prototype // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Breadboard prototype // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Early prototypes // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Early prototypes // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Wing Pinger // Meng Qi
Wing Pinger // Meng Qi
Various prototypes // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Various prototypes // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Final design // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger
Final design // Meng Qi // Wing Pinger