We've long since grown accustomed to the idea of apps and gizmos that can make novice players sound like seasoned professionals, but the Instrument 1 is something different.

In fact, this new electronic instrument — billed by its designers as "an intuitive way to create music and play any sound" — has wildly exceeded its Kickstarter goal within a few days of launching its campaign, and it isn't difficult to see why. Watch the above video, and the Instrument 1's many intriguing possibilities are almost immediately clear: Not only can it mimic virtually any sound, but its unique design allows the user to play it like a guitar, a keyboard, a drum or something in between. "Basically, you can easily create new instrument presets and play them immediately," boasts the description. "Want to strum a piano? Bow a banjo? Pluck a drum? Done."

On the technical front, the Instrument 1 is fully MIDI compatible, which allows players to use it in conjunction with popular software like ProTools and Logic, and it also connects to iOS devices with a Lightning or USB cable. It even has built-in speakers and a headphone jack.

Unlike a lot of instrumental gadgetry, the makers of Instrument 1 claim to have put a lot of effort into making the learning curve as soft as possible for novices, and are positioning it as an entry-level device for anyone with a desire to play. "Our goal is to create the most effortless music-making experience at any skill level. Music isn’t about gear; it’s about self-expression," continues the page. "Every aspect of the Instrument 1 can be customized to behave the way you want it to. Tune it all to E-major if you like, adjust the sensitivity, or forget strumming altogether and let it auto-play the notes you press."

Pre-orders for the Instrument 1, which is expected to ship in January 2016 and start at $349, with more expensive options available for those who want one with a hardwood back ($899) or a specially priced four-pack ($1,299). Check out the campaign page for more information.

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