You can now harness the power and sounds of 52 instruments with a musical device small enough to fit in your backpack. The Verge recently covered the Kickstarter for Dualo du-Touch S, a 26-button digital instrument that lets you loop sounds together to make an original beat or recreate your favorite songs. Fitted with a battery that lasts for 8 hours, the device is designed to be played on the go, with an audio jack for headphones or portable speakers.

According to the project page, the designers of the Dualo du-Touch S programmed the hexagonal buttons so that notes that form chords are grouped together, which makes it easier to "create harmony without even thinking about it." Dualo has produced several video tutorials for the instrument, and users can also practice by pressing the buttons as they light up in the device's learning mode.

Dualo's YouTube page shows people covering songs like Rihanna's "Work" and Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," but with so many sounds packed into one small device, owners can reach far beyond the Billboard charts for inspiration. With backers already pledging four times more than the goal, the Dualo du-Touch S is expected to be in the hands of budding musicians by Christmas

[h/t The Verge]

Images via Dualo on Kickstarter