Gamechanger Audio has introduced Motor Synth, an analog electro-mechanical synthesizer that uses a system of electromotors as its main sound source.
Motor Synth produces sounds by accelerating and decelerating eight electromotors to precise rpm (revolutions per minute) that correspond with specific musical notes.
The instrument’s eight-electromotor configuration allows for four-note polyphony, with two voices per key played.
The Motor Synth has two ways of producing its core sound.
- First, magnetic pickups are placed on each of its eight electromotors; the spinning coils result in ‘a very industrial-sounding, over-the-top analogue tone.’
- Seconnd, specially-designed reflective optical disks have been attached to the shafts of each electromotor. Each disk contains a graphical representation of three standard audio wave-shapes. As the electromotors spin, the disks are set into circular motion, and each wave-shape is read by a dedicated set of infrared sensors, then converted into an audio signal. Thus, the wave-shapes on the reflective optical disks become precise musical notes, corresponding to the speed of the electromotors.
Motor Synth features familiar analog envelopes and filters alongside arpeggiation, cross and LFO modulation, sequencing, and multiple polyphonic mode facilities, as well as a looping system that allows users to layer rhythm and melodies.
Motor Synth can be played out of the box via eight built-in control keys and four floating tuning/frequency knobs. Performers and composers can connect any MIDI controller, like a keyboard or DAW.
The Motor Synth developers plan fund production of the synth via an IndieGoGo campaign, which is expected to launch at the end of May, 2019.