Inventor Paul Vo (right), designer of the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel and the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, has announced the creation of a new company, Vo, LLC, designed to turn his ‘acoustic synthesis’ designs into products.
Vo recently completed a successful Kickstarter project to develop the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer - a new guitar, designed to explore Vo’s ideas for ‘acoustic synthesis’. The guitar includes electronics that let you control the vibration and harmonics of each individual string over time, making it possible to create sounds that are impossible with a traditional guitar, but that are still ‘guitar-like’.
Now Vo wants to focus on turning his ideas into instruments. Continue reading
The m!lTone - described as ‘a portable hands-free ultrasonic synthesizer, MIDI controller & more’ – is now under development as a Kickstarter project.
- Have hands-free control with up to 2 ultrasonic sensors for Continuous, Weighted, & Discrete “Air” functionality
- Control video and lights (using MIDI & third party software).
- Uses a very popular and open source code base that is Arduino compatible
- Play and explore different sounds and moods with over 200 scales from all over the
- world including 40 Quarter Tone maqams (scales)
- Small, lightweight, and portable
- Built-in speaker
- DC adapter, 9V battery or solar powered.
- Backlit 2×16 LCD display (White on Blue)
- Wooden enclosure with randomly selected exotic veneer
- The m!lTone is fully programmable to change its sounds and functionality
- Audio control using the body
Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading
In this video, composer and music producer Mike Verta shares his thoughts on the TEControl USB MIDI Breath Controller. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance of Fire, by Ray Li on SoundSpace Gloves. Continue reading
Bastl Instruments, creators of the Trinity and microGranny electronic instruments, has announced plans for a new series of Eurorack modules that are designed to connect your modular synth to just about anything in the real world.
The idea is to translate physical events into musical ones – and vice versa.
Here’s what they have to say about it: Continue reading
This mini documentary, via the New Yorker, takes a look at the vocoder and its history. Continue reading
Developer Paul Soulsby let us know about a new update for the Atmegatron synthesizer - The Delayertron.
According to Soulsby, it turns the Atmegatron into a ‘sci-fi dream machine’:
Create crazy sci-fi sound effects and screaming lead lines with the Delayertron software. It provides the Atmegatron with a completely new audio engine that has a crunchy 8-bit delay and 256 sample waveforms.
Electronic music instrument pioneer Roger Linn is featured on the latest episode of Sonic State’s Sonic Talk. Continue reading