Bizarre Cigar Box Synthesizer

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Critter and Guitari‘s Keypad Cigar Box Synthesizer is described as the best synth for $100!

Here’s a preview of what this boxed beast sound like:

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Description:

This is a synthesizer with keypad pitch control. The 16 keys play chromatically, so you get an octave plus 3 notes. It produces sound using a simple frequency modulation oscillator pair. The four knobs control volume, tuning (shifts the base pitch of the keypad up and down), harmonicity, and modulation-depth-waveform. The modulation-depth-waveform is a combo-control that varies the modulation depth and changes the waveform of the oscillators from sine to triangle.

It is a nice and loud instrument, powered with a 9 volt battery. A 1/4″ switched output jack bypasses the speaker and allows the synth to be plugged into an external amplifier / effects.

4 thoughts on “Bizarre Cigar Box Synthesizer

  1. This is a pretty cool idea for those old Cigar boxes that are laying around. Personally the ones i have are the ones that I plan on keeping in their proper condition. Guess I'll have to order some more cigars from http://www.gocubans.com and get a box to try it out. I would personally replace the speaker on the top with wrap around speakers and maybe keep one on the top. We shall see.

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