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Tag: Synthesizer

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up

Music Modem Brings Back Squealy Memories of Dial-up
Remember when you needed a phone line and a dial-up modem to get online? Heck, I was using modems to connect to services like Compuserve and Prodigy before anyone even knew what the Internet was. One of the most annoying things about dial-up modems was that stupid squealing sound they made when you were trying to connect.

TouchKeys Multitouch Keyboard Kit: More Control at Your Fingertips

TouchKeys Multitouch Keyboard Kit: More Control at Your Fingertips
Keyboards and synthesizers are some of the most complex electronic musical instruments. Even the basic ones are loaded with a variety of tweaks that help you achieve a variety of sounds. But unlike a guitar where you can bend, pluck or hammer the strings to modify the sound on the fly, keyboards and synths require you to make your adjustments using separate sliders or knobs.

Bleep Drum Kit: I Don’t Wanna Work, I Just Want to Bleep on the Drum All Day

Bleep Drum Kit: I Don’t Wanna Work, I Just Want to Bleep on the Drum All Day
Back in the 1980s, I always wanted a set of those Simmons electronic drums – not because I had any idea how to play percussion, but because they just looked cool and geeky. Of course, now I look back and think they were pretty silly looking.

Korg Kaoss KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+ Synth Specs, Price and Release Date Announced

Korg Kaoss KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+ Synth Specs, Price and Release Date Announced
If you like to make your own music and prefer to use synthesizers over analog musical instruments, you will probably be familiar with the name Korg. The company has announced that it has added a pair of the synthesizers to its Kaoss family.

Mr. @#?%!: A Q*bert-ese Obscenity Generator

Mr. @#?%!: A Q*bert-ese Obscenity Generator
What’s this? Two Q*bert posts in a week? Yeah, you got me. I guess I’m on a roll. Remember how Q*bert used to let out that weird stream of gibberish expletives when one of his enemies got him?

Roland TB-303 Sushi: Bass Fishin’

Roland TB-303 Sushi: Bass Fishin’
The Roland TB-303 bass sequencer is one of electronic music’s founding fathers, which had its heyday in the early 1980s, and later became the backbeat to just about every piece of house and rave music ever recorded, and is still popular with musicians today.

BeetBox Drum Machine: Beets That Make Beats

BeetBox Drum Machine: Beets That Make Beats
Self-described maker of things Scott Garner made a drum machine out of beets and a Raspberry Pi. It works like most drum machines and synthesizers, except instead of buttons or pads, the user touches the root crop to trigger the drum samples.

MR-808 Naturalizes the TR-808 Synthesizer

MR-808 Naturalizes the TR-808 Synthesizer
Moritz Simon Geist has an unusual name. He’s also a electronic musician who has been getting bored with the production of electronic music, probably because the technology has reached a stage when you can call up practically any instrument with virtually no effort.

Pianocade: Super Mega Synthesizer Arcade Controller Combo

Pianocade: Super Mega Synthesizer Arcade Controller Combo
The Pianocade is the embodiment of chiptune music. It’s a synthesizer that looks and works like an arcade controller, down to the analog joystick and token buttons.

Synthesizer Necklace Incapable of Playing a Bad Note

Synthesizer Necklace Incapable of Playing a Bad Note
Girls with style who also happen to enjoy the sound of electronic music will love this necklace, done up to look just like a tiny synthesizer. While it doesn’t actually play a tune, it still looks awesome.

MiniMoog Synth Sofa Doesn’t Oscillate When You Sit on It

MiniMoog Synth Sofa Doesn’t Oscillate When You Sit on It
Attention, electronic musicians! Have I got a piece of furniture for you. What you’re looking at here is the MiniWoouf Sofa, designed to look just like the classic analog MiniMoog synth.

Vocaloid Keyboard Literally Lets Its Keys Do the Talking

Vocaloid Keyboard Literally Lets Its Keys Do the Talking
If auto-tune can’t fix your voice, maybe one day you’ll be able to “sing” through this keyboard. Developed by Yamaha, the Vocaloid keyboard allows users to generate a singing voice in real time. It’s based on the company’s immensely popular Vocaloid software, which lets users synthesize a singing voice by manipulating samples of actual human voices.

Unlikely Recycling: Book into Synthesizer

Unlikely Recycling: Book into Synthesizer
I don’t like to hear or read about people destroying books, which is one of the reasons why I strongly dislike a few scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Indy was in Berlin witnessing a Nazi book burning), but I guess there’s something to be said for destroying a book to turn it into a synthesizer.

Softmachines’ Synthesizer Pillows are Soft and Don’t Make a Sound

Softmachines’ Synthesizer Pillows are Soft and Don’t Make a Sound
Some of you guys might think that the sounds of electronic synthesizers are anything but relaxing. But here’s a way to have synthesizers all around you while you’re chilling, and you can be assured they won’t disturb your rest.

iTar iPad Guitar Fretboard Attachment: iJammin to the Break of Dawn

iTar iPad Guitar Fretboard Attachment: iJammin to the Break of Dawn
Have you ever wanted to use your iPad as a musical instrument? I know that Jamie Lidell can compose music with his iPhone, but transforming your iPad into a guitar seems like something even cooler. If you want to do this, you’ll need something like the iTar fretboard attachment.

Bop Gun Funkifies Your Life With Weird Sounds

Bop Gun Funkifies Your Life With Weird Sounds
Is your life dull and boring? I know what you need! You need to get funky, and get yourself a Bop Gun to shoot it at all the funkless souls and objects in your world.