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Tag: Synthesizer

Noise.Io: iPhone Synthesizer Sounds Very Cool

Noise.Io: iPhone Synthesizer Sounds Very Cool
With the recent launch of the iTunes App Store, we’re just starting to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Here’s one I’m really looking forward to playing with when it hits the App Store later this month.

Omega Orion Analog Synth Inspired by Kubrick

Omega Orion Analog Synth Inspired by Kubrick
When I think of 2001: A Space Odyssey, it usually conjures up imagery of HAL 9000’s glowing red light, the strains of Also Sprach Zarathrustra, and dead astronauts launched silently into space. But the guys over at Studio Electronics used the film as inspiration for the design of their new Omega Orion synthesizer.

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth

Midibox Sid: C64 Transformed Into Glowing Midi Synth
The venerable Commodore 64 is well known among the electronic music community as a synthesizer modder’s dream machine thanks to its robust SID audio chipset. But most of the mods I’ve seen end up looking just like an old C64 and all the cool stuff is going on under the hood.

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys

Tonal Plexus Synthesizers Get Up to 1688 Keys
If you thought that the 312-key Chromatone synthesizer had a few more keys than your everyday piano, just wait ’til you get a load of the Tonal Plexus and its even more plentiful keyboard design. The Tonal Plexus series of keyboards is a micro-tonal input device featuring rows and rows of buttons which generate tones with far more precision than an 88-key piano can handle.

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music

Typographic Synthesizer Makes Fonts Like Music
This unconventional design tool provides a unique way to create new typefaces. Working somewhat like an analog music synthesizer, knobs and button pushes influence the shape of your font characters. Designed by Rob Meek and Frank Müller, the Meek FM Typographic Synthesizer uses a custom controller device along with special software to allow manipulation of typography as you adjust the controls.

Circuit Bent Commodore 64: Revenge of the 80s

Circuit Bent Commodore 64: Revenge of the 80s
One of the most popular computers from the 1980s, the Commodore 64, is having a minor renaissance as an electronic musical instrument. The C64’s audio chip is famous for producing an array of warm, familiar 8-bit beats and blips.

Thummer: This Synthesizer is All About Expression

Thummer: This Synthesizer is All About Expression
If that 312-key keyboard I told you about recently was a little too complex for you to wrap your head around, here’s another electronic musical instrument that I came across, and this one only has 114 buttons.

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech

Atari Video Music: Forgotten 1970s Tech
Everyone remembers Atari for their famous video game consoles, arcade games and even home computers. Being a child of 1970s and 80s technology, I’m surprised that I don’t ever remember seeing this oddity. The Atari Video Music was released in 1976 and was an analog video synthesizer that could generate a kaleidoscopic light show on your TV screen when hooked up to your stereo.

Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys

Chromatone 312 Key Synth Laughs in the Face of 88 Keys
Here’s an interesting tidbit of recent history for any electronic musicians out there. A couple of years back, a strange little company called Chromatone thought it was time for an overhaul of the traditional 88 keys on pianos (or less on many synthesizers.)

Musician Releases Album on an NES Cartridge

Musician Releases Album on an NES Cartridge
Electronic musician Alex Mauer composes music from the electronic beats and blips of the original sound chips found in classic video game systems. So it’s only appropriate that he’d release an album that plays on the classic Nintendo NES gaming system.

The Wii-Mote Theramin

The Wii-Mote Theramin
Without a doubt, the theramin is one of the oddest musical instruments ever invented. Usually heard cranking out spaceship sounds in 1950’s B-movies, it’s otherworldy sounds are unmistakeable and truly quirky. So it is with much glee that I bring you the Wii-mote powered theramin, playing the inimitable Theme from Star Trek.

Mijam Mini Synthesizers Let You Make Music Anywhere

Mijam Mini Synthesizers Let You Make Music Anywhere
These miniature electronic instruments let you kick out the jams wherever you go. The BlueBox MiJam Mini series let you carry entire band in your backpack. First up, there’s the Mini Drumpad, which features a bunch of percussion sounds as well as rhythm an tempo settings to keep the sounds on beat.

Flame: the Talking Midi Synthesizer

Flame: the Talking Midi Synthesizer
Dig that retro “Speak & Spell” sound? This sound module out of Germany produces an array of interesting eighties-esque bleeps, blips and fuzz that can incorporate little bits of speech and other sound effects. The Flame Talking Synth can also be driven by a MIDI controller so you can really compose some serious electronica using one of these and composition software.

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth

Thingamagoop: Super Cool Portable Analog Synth
While researching the topic of innovative musical devices, I came across the guys at Bleep Labs and their totally wacky Thingamagoop custom synthesizer series. These portable sythesizers generate electronica using a unique control interface: as you move a colorful LED over a photosensor, the sound’s waveform changes.

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button

Box Generates Dance Music With Press of a Button
Australia’s Mungo Enterprises has engineered the “Infinite Horizon“, a concept device capable of programatically generating modern dance/trance music with, literally, the push of a button. Just press the BIG RED BUTTON, and out comes a track.