Gamechanger Audio has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund production of the Motor Synth, a new instrument that uses a unique approach to synthesis.
Motor Synth is described as “the world’s first electro-mechanical desktop synthesizer”. It generates sounds by accelerating and decelerating eight electromotors to precise RPMs (revolutions per minute), which correspond to specific musical notes. Each electromotor is fitted with a magnetic pickup/inductor and an infrared photosensor that reads a spinning optical disc with printed sine, sawtooth, and square wave-shapes.
“Nowadays we can find so many synthesizers on the market more or less based on the same system,” says Jean-Michel Jarre, who tried out the Motor Synth at Superbooth 2019. “I’ve been really blown away by MOTOR Synth. It’s very cool…..and the sound is quite extraordinary.”
Here’s an in-depth look from Gamechanger Audio’s Ilya Krumins, who explained the details of the Motor Synth and gave us an in-depth demo of how it works:
Pricing and Availability
Motor Synth is available to pre-order via an IndieGogo campaign, starting at US $749. After that, the MSRP is expected to be US $1,299.