This is a quick demo of the Synthrotek 8 step Analog Synth Sequencer – a DIY analog step sequencer.
Giuseppe Di Cillo hacked his Gakken SX-150 to add a pressure sensitive ribbon controller, turning it into a cheap electro-theremin.
The Mod Ingredients:
- 1 50cm softpot sensor
- 2 15kh resistors
- 1 wooden board
- 2 female audio jacks
- A cable with two stereo male audio jack
- 1 3-terminal connector for printed circuit
- electric cables
Details on the Gakken SX-150 mod are available at Coagula.
All sounds on this tune, Polyphobia, were multitracked with the Gakken SX-150. An A-100 was used to trigger the Gakken.
This video, via DINSync, demonstrates modifications to the Gakken SX-150 synthesizer – a cheap analog synth that can be easily hacked:
Here’s what’s got to be one of the best bargain analog synthesizers out there. It’s the Gakken SX-150, a stylophone styled analog that can be found on ebay for $40. The machine has to be assembled, but there’s no soldering involved. It’s just a matter of putting the PCB in the case and connecting the power line, pretty simple stuff really. It’s very much a gimmick but since it really is a true analog it’s fairly easy to modify it into something useful.
Details on the hacks at the DINSync site.
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Like the Tenori On, the Bliptronic 5000 is a matrix synth, featuring an 8 x 8 matrix of buttons that act as switches to control what notes get played.
Like a Casiotone, the Bliptronic has cheestastic sounds.
You can get one for $49.99 at Think Geek.
The Gakken SX-150 Analog Synthesizer is a $54.95 kit that lets you build a simple synthesizer. It features controls for LFO, pitch envelope, frequency cutoff, resonance, and attack/decay
It’s a cool little synth, but what makes it really cool is that it’s become popular with hackers, who’ve figured out how to add MIDI to the SX-150 and more.
This “wee theremin”, the Gakken Theremin, is sized for a Barbie doll, but Ken Moore proves that it’s actually “playable”.
For my wife’s baby shower our friends Sarah and Mika got us a tiny Gakken Theremin so we can get our girl a head start as the next Theremin virtuosa. It’s a fun but very sensitive instrument, and since Sidney can’t even get her hand in her mouth yet I’ll wait a few more months before starting her lessons. THANKS SARAH AND MIKA!
Janglish Jungle #01 SX-150: In Japan, you can buy an analog-synthesizer at bookstore.