Whitebox has released Pixiphone, an ambient instrument that models a child's toy then enlarges it with spectral delay, reverb, brightness, hit strength, attack and decay. Interesting results range from ethereal vibraphones to metallic mallets to tinkling bells.
The heart of the device is a re-work of Pluggo's Big Ben Bell to create 8 new preset tones. 8 controls on the outside are complemented by access to more on the inside to further customize the sound.
Ableton Live and Max for Live are required to use this device.