The Bela is a result of the lab’s experimentation into “hackable” musical instruments. “With Bela, it’s more about giving people the chance to make their own instruments,” Giulio Moro, one of the lab’s researchers, explained.
Bela is a self-contained audio processing platform, or a one-stop shop for translating code into sound, developed collaboratively by several researchers in the lab. They pride themselves on Bela’s minimal latency (the delay between playing and hearing a sound), and its extreme portability. The device is the size of a deck of cards, and doesn’t need to be hooked up to a computer to produce sound.