How To Build A Laser Piano

how-to-build-a-laser-pianoElecFreaks has put together a DIY tutorial on how to build a laser piano.

Their laser piano is pretty MacGyver’d – housed in a cardboard box. But you could use their same approach to build the instrument in a sturdier case or even to make a laser harp.

Here’s a demo of the DIY laser piano in action: Continue reading

Roland Intros SH-101 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer

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Roland today officially announced the SH-101 Plug-Out software synthesizer – described as a complete reproduction of the vintage SH-101.

The SH-101 is a monophonic synthesizer launched by Roland in 1982 that features a one-VCO > one-VCF > one-VCA > one-LFO synth architecture. Now Roland has released it as a plugin for Mac & Windows, and a ‘Plug-Out’ for the new Aira System-1.

Here’s an official video intro from Roland: Continue reading

Roger Linn LinnStrument Musical Demos

Instrument designer Roger Linn today released a couple of videos that demo the LinnStrument – a new multitouch musical instrument. Both demos highlight the instruments ability to let you independently articulate each individual note.

The first video, above, demos the LinnStrument being used with a pedal steel guitar sound. The second, below, explores more of a blues harmonica sound.  Continue reading

Game Of Thrones Theme On 8-Bit NES Keytar! Plus – Friggin’ MIDI-Controlled Lasers!

This video, via Greig (Theremin Hero), captures an 8-bit NES Keytar performance of the Game Of Thrones theme – with MIDI-controlled lasers.

Greig’s NESKeytar is a cross between an original Nintendo console, a Guitar Hero controller and a miniature toy keyboard. The hybrid instrument fully utilities the NES sound chip to produce lo-fi arpeggios, heard in this tribute to the theme of Game of Thrones. Continue reading