Critter & Guitari has announced that their Organelle synthesizer – a portable synth with a robust Pure Data sound engine – is now available.
The Organelle has the same general physical design as C&G’s Pocket Pianos. But the Organelle’s ability to load Pure Data applications means that you load patches that let you use it as a drum machine, synthesizer, sampler or effects processor, and you can create your own custom patches, too.
Here’s the official video intro:
At the heart of the Organelle’s sound engine is a robust computer that runs patches. A patch allows 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, etc.
The Organelle runs patches created in the powerful computer music programming environment Pure Data.
The Organelle ships with a set of common default patches, and new patches may be loaded from a USB drive. 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 is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level. C&G have created an Organelle Patch Repository, so that use can find and download new patches. And there’s a Forum for sharing ideas and questions with other Organelle users.
- Sampling Rate: 44.1kHz; 16-bit (In & Out)
- 2x ¼” Mono Sound Output Jacks (L & R channels)
- ¼” Stereo Sound Input Jack
- ?” Stereo Headphone output Jack
- ¼” Footswitch Jack
- High-Contrast OLED Display Screen
- Four Parameter Knobs
- Rotary Selection knob with Push Button Select
- Volume Knob
- 25x Maple Key
- RGB LED
- 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 with 512 MB RAM
- Linux Operating System
- Boot time: ~12 seconds
- 4GB USB Drive included; Patches and any required files (audio samples, etc.) stored here
- 2x USB Port (2.0 standard-A type connector). USB Host for: MIDI over USB & Serial over USB
- HDMI output port
- 9VDC, 1.0 Amp (Power Supply included)
- Size: 10.5″ x 3.25″ x 2.125″
- Enclosure: Anodized Aluminum top, ABS Plastic bottom, rubber foot pads
The Organelle is available now, priced at US $495.