For parents trying to nudge their kids to play the guitar instead of the (house-shaking) drums they actually want, fear not. There's now a reasonably sized multi-instrument that lets them do... both.
Nashville-based music startup Artiphon's Instrument 1 is a desktop MIDI controller with a single interface that allows both aspiring and accomplished musicians to "drum, slide, tap and drum" depending if they're feeling like Jimmy Page or John Bonham. The device plugs into a variety of DAWs (digital audio workstations) including Apple's GarageBand and ProTools' Logic X.
In 2015, the company raised $1 million through a Kickstarter campaign, and now it's picked up interest from major industry players: WMG Boost, a seed fund launched by Warner Music Group to support "innovative startups and entrepreneurial growth in the music industry," is one of the investors in a $2 million funding round raised by Artiphon.