Synthikat has invented the Tankobot V2, a tongue drum wired for performance! This thing is brilliant. As you can see from the thumbnail he's set it up to be sequenced with mallets. He's also wired 10 piezo pickups to route the audio from the instrument, as if it were a drum module! From there he's got the audio going into some interesting VCV patch for effects.
This is the current state of my Tankobot build. Today i could finally hear the first souds of it and of course i had to route it thru VCV for some Effects :) Next step is to work on the amp circuitry for the 10 Piezo Pickups and on the dampening. Thats why i had to put a piece of cloth on top of the tongues to shorten the notes a bit. Cant wait to use that Instrument in my performances.
Having fun using my Presonus Atom controller and AUM. I have Elastic Drums, Fly Tape effects, and the AUM transport on it. Mapping midi CC to the Atom is super quick and easy in AUM. Also in the mix Fugue Machine and Phosphor. My daughter made me that hand stamp birthday card last month. She’s 3.
Make Noise is such an interesting company to me. Founder Tony Rolando was able to take everything he learned from his tenure at Moog to create his own company and vision. That vision turned out to be pure madness, but it's the fun kind! One of the many fun devices to come out of Tony's company has been the wildly popular 0-COAST.
Nick Batt from Sonic State takes a look at Make Noise's latest creation, Strega. This semi-modular semi-complex desktop synth is packed full of the fun kind of weird. It is so much fun to see Nick explore this thing and all of its silly labels! Those weird fucking lines all over the place are real labels providing real information about the signal path!
At $600 it is a bit beyond the price of gear I tend to feature here, but this is a very special device. In addition to Tony Rolando's fantastical styling, Nine Inch Nails contributor Alessandro Cortini collaborated on this one, to pack his weird with Tony's weird into Tony's fantastical styling. As a fan of both men, I'm elated and this is my first bout of G.A.S. in a long time! According to this interview with Tony Rolando, Alessandro was instrumental in getting Tony into modular in the first place!
A new instrument born from a collaboration between Alessandro Cortini and Make Noise. With an unusual concept and architecture - semi-complex oscillator, analogue delay with a filter and a function generator. It sounds quite simple, and is, but it also sounds pretty interesting, capable of some lovely atmospheric textures and dirty, imperfect sounds with degraded feedback. Available now priced at 529UK, $599
00:00 Introduction and overview 02:54 Oscillator 05:21 Activation (VCA) 06:29 Delay and filter 11:32 Patch demo 14:53 Function generator 17:15 Touch Plates 22:05 Conclusion
Making some arpeggiated noise, which my brain likes for some reason.
Audio routed into the Tracks in a bit unusual way. Volca FM has a built-in stereo chorus effect. So as not to lose it, I routed the audio like this: Volca FM and Bass are connected to the Retrokits RK003 passive mixer (using 3.5mm stereo jacks). Mixed signal from the RK003 goes to the Circuit Tracks Ch1 and Ch2, which are hard panned left and right on the internal mixer.