Primatone 4-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer

Designer Aaron B, aka SynthFarm, let us know about the new Primatone synthesizer – a unique wooden touch bar synthesizer.

It’s designed to be simple to use, but also capable of being used as a serious tool for stage and studio.

Here’s how it works:

The 6 wooden touch bars across the instrument are ‘super’ touch sensitive.

The 4 touch bars to the right are the -play- bars. These act similar to piano keys – musical notes are triggered when the bars are touched, tapped, pressed, or played. Unlike a piano, though, each of the 4 play bars can be tuned independently.

The bars are tuned using the tuning bars to the left.

Key Features:

  • The synth is powered by a 32-Bit Cortex M-4 Processor.
  • 44.1khz Sample Rate (CD Quality Sound) (16-Bit)
  • Specialized Internal Headphone Pre-Amp Outputs sound at Line-Level
  • Hand-Made from naturally fallen logs, so wood varies from synth to synth
  • Powered by 3xAA Batteries – Over 8 Hours of Operation Time at Full Volume
  • Backed by a One Year Full Warranty

Pricing and Availability

The Primatone 4-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer is available now, built to order, priced at US $224.99.

23 thoughts on “Primatone 4-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synthesizer

  1. Apparently this is loaded with 100 waveforms: it would have been nice to see a more varied and musical demo. I love stuff like this made by small companies but this needs a better promo IMHO…

  2. “Unlike a piano, though, each of the 4 play bars can be tuned independently.”

    Sadly, another robot taking the jobs of piano tuners (or de-tuners).
    BTW: my piano is fully detuneable, key by key, like the rest of all the mechanical pianos.

    1. I mean that’s pretty sweet. How easy is it to tune the individual keys? As easy as with the Primatone? Can you take your mechanical piano with you into the woods for a jam?

    1. Cost is simply because of the time to find, mill, work the wood myself. I am experimenting with some new techniques such as resin casting and touch circuits that would bring cost down. But for now, i enjoy the entire process from Log to Synth. The entire process takes me 3-4 days for each Unit. I build them 1 at a time.

  3. its awfullly close to what peter blasser (Ciat Lonbarde) has been doing with the sidrax, tetrax, etc but without the glitch controls or patchpoints…

    1. it says super touch sensitive
      but I don’t see the same gesture capability that the tetrax, sidrax, of shbobo shnth have
      maybe they just weren’t demoed very well but it seems like just on/off with decay

    2. Yes it is. He is my biggest inspiration by far. His instruments and teachings started me on this journey of instrument design and construction. Looking forward to seeing his current project the “Shtar” in action. The fret board is the circuit board!

  4. Is this the same guy that made that wooden “synth” with two wooden turntables. The same one that would let us look inside. I somehow think this is BS.

    I would love an explanation on how you can have wood be a dynamic touch surface if it’s not conductive.

    1. Haha it’s really not that difficult. Simple piezos sensors attached to the bottom of the 1/8 thick wooden bars. When pressed, the piezos detect the flexing of the wood and send a trigger signal to the main processor. Same concept as Ciat Lonbarde Organus Instruments

    2. please watch out .order it .Aaron B he’s not sent your stuff always

      i’m waiting for six months

      I could not make the order

      he’s telling me every week that he going to pay me back . but it don’t happen .last Friday he really told . me that he got to have it .my money back . he didn’t react on my emails anymore so I don’t have other choices to do would like this . Monday I will start a case . if there are more people .Who did order and didn’t have your money back or you didn’t have your Synthesizer please contact on the mail . [email protected] . sorry Aaron it’s be this way . at the end of stealing and get something for the police . .

  5. please watch out .order it .Aaron B he’s not sent your stuff always

    i’m waiting for six months

    I could not make the order

    he’s telling me every week that he going to pay me back . but it don’t happen .last Friday he really told . me that he got to have it .my money back . he didn’t react on my emails anymore so I don’t have other choices to do would like this . Monday I will start a case . if there are more people .Who did order and didn’t have your money back or you didn’t have your Synthesizer please contact on the mail . [email protected] . sorry Aaron it’s be this way . at the end of stealing and get something for the police . .

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