The $600 Zoom ARQ Areo RhythmTrak is bewilderingly strange. This futuristic-looking tambourine is part drum machine, sequencer, synthesizer, looper, MIDI controller, and acid-laced light show. It also has a built-in accelerometer, and that’s where things get interesting.
Musicians and musician-wannabes *raises hand* all fell for the Tenori-On musical synthesizer a couple of years ago, but were put off by its $1,200 price-tag. If you own an iPhone or iPad though, cough up £12/$19 for the app version instead.
Meet the Ziggybox. By way of a few strategically-placed cigarettes, cigarette boxes and some sensors, it creates music that totally slays the people who listen to it.
Keeping the same oak paneling that makes Moog synthesizers so distinctive, the Minimoog Voyager XL celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Minimoog, which bands such as Kraftwerk and Yes pounded their fingers across so electronically.
Chiptune fans and anyone nostalgic for a bygone, simpler era in electronic music will be delighted by Swedish tinkerer Linus Åkesson's ingenius Chipophone. The homemade instrument crams an 8-bit synthesizer into the body of a handsome old electric organ.
Jordan Rudess, of Dream Theater, has created an audio synthesizer app for the iPad that promises to deliver an audio and visual experience. Just watch him play it.
I'm no techno aficionado. I like bleeps and bloops. Who cares if they're acid house or space jam or whatever? But I can tell you this: "Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat" is amazing. And it's from 1982.
Like the 8Bitone synthesizer app, NESynth lets you create 80s-style music with 8-bit sounds. But the coolest part: You can control it all with an on-screen NES-style gamepad. Watch the rockin' video after the jump to see what I mean.
Everyone's heard the stories about those guys who play entire concerts on their Game Boys, or who recompose symphonies onto NES cartridges. 8Bitone is kinda like that, except on your iPhone, and without the social suicide aspect.
Thingamakits have been every synth nerd's DIY light-controlled, analog noise friend. This abomination grew extra LED and photo-sensor tentacles that produce different tones and pitches, depending on the amount and type of light received. [Make]
The Operator 1 is a portable synth and MIDI controller that lets you sample Beyonce, work your tweaking magic, and convert your sounds instantly to MP3.
The Tenori-On is the zany Yamaha touch-based musical sequencer that caught our eye earlier this year, but this cool PacklSound1 iPhone app could very well be the portable version that puts us over the edge. It's a simpler version of the original $1,200 Tenori-On box, but that didn't stop the designer from laying down…
Weird... but I kinda want to hear more. That's roughly how I'd describe the sound output of the Thingamakit, a strange "noise monster" DIY synthesizer. I like the fact that it uses some sort of optical feedback: adjusting those tentacles affects how the sounds are generated, which then gets fed back to the LEDs in…
What you see here was once a Commodore 64, but no longer. Now it's a MIDIboxSID, which translates roughly into, this thing looks killer in the dark and can lay down a serious series of beeps and pew pew's. Best thing is that, thanks to the C64's mod-friendly SID chips, this is a synthesizer that uses SID 6582 sound…
Musicians who lead double lives as gaming geeks will soon have their worlds collide when Korg releases its DS-10 software for the Nintendo DS. Basically, Korg has taken the design concept of their famous MS-10 synthesizer and thrown in a four-part drum module, two analog synth simulators, a 6-track/16-step…
Future Retro's Revolution Synthesizer R2 looks amazing; we completely have no use for a synthesizer, but we totally want one. With a complete aluminum construction, perfectly contrasting gun gray and white colors, as well as a smattering of blue LEDs all over, this synthesizer makes us moist in the most clichéd way…
Now the Synethesia Mandala high-def drum and synthesizer is about to bust out in version 2.0, sprouting itself a USB 2.0 port that lets you hook it up to any PC or Mac. Synethesia is calling it "the only electronic drum that truly emulates an acoustic drum." It's called high-def because it has 128 concentric rings…
"Printball" (Gaulon, 2005)