Critter & Guitari co-founder Chris Kucinski let us know that they have introduced a new ‘flagship’ instrument, the Organelle.
The Organelle offers a similar interface to some of their other instruments, but the instrument features a powerful sound engine that runs Pure Data patches.
Pure Data (aka Pd) is an open source visual programming language, designed to allow musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code.
Patches allow the instrument to take on different forms. Onboard hardware for sound input and output and mappable knobs, keys and buttons enable patches to synthesize, sample, effect and anything in between.
The Organelle ships with a set of common default patches, and new patches may be loaded from a USB drive. Select patches from a community-driven online repository, transfer them to a USB drive, reinsert it in the Organelle and play!
Patches may be created and/or edited directly on the device as well as on a personal computer. Plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and begin customizing. The Organelle runs patches created in Pure Data. You can write patches in lower level languages too.
- 1x ¼” Stereo Sound Input Jack
- 2x ¼” Mono Sound Output Jacks (L and R channels)
- 1/8″ Stereo Headphone output Jack
- ¼” Footswitch Jack
- OLED Display Screen
- Four Parameter Knobs, Rotary Selection knob with push button select
- Volume Knob
- 25 Maple Keys
- 1x RGB LED
- Processor: 1GHz ARM Cortex A9
- Operating System: Linux
- Additional Connections:
- HDMI output port
- 2x USB port (MIDI over USB, Serial over USB)
- Power: 9VDC, 1.0 Amp (Power Supply included)
- Physical Characteristics
- Size: 10.5″ x 3.25″ x 2.125″
- Enclosure: Anodized Aluminum Top, ABS Bottom with Rubber Foot Pads
Kucinski expects the Organelle to be available in later 2015. Video and sound demos are coming ‘soon’. Pricing is to be determined.