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Are you tired of cheap synthesizers that tend to fall apart at the slightest nudge? Or change their sound simply because you accidentally scratched it while changing out cords? The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is …

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Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar
April 13, 2014 – 6:14 pm | 2 Comments
Mantaray iTar: turn an iPad into a digital keytar

Franz Keller has come up with Metal frame into which you clip an ipad and/or other music gear, turning it into a keytar.

From their promo material:
Sturdy hand cut plexiglass body holds iPad, Kaoss Pad and …

The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman
April 11, 2014 – 5:55 pm | 6 Comments
The first Drum Machine – Wurlitzer Sideman

The Wurlitzer Sideman was the first electronic drum machine ever produced (if you don’t count tape loops), sold as a Wurlitzer organ accessory beginning in 1959. It’s got some fantastically great sounds and the …

The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix
April 7, 2014 – 5:35 pm | No Comment
The Wicks Looper – Acid Mix

If you’re into noise generation, or even if you just like to fiddle with cool little sound gadgets, the Wicks Looper – Acid Mix might be just the thing for you.

Made in Australia by a …

History of Synthesizers: 19th Century to 1950
June 10, 2013 – 8:27 am | One Comment
History of Synthesizers: 19th Century to 1950

It may surprise some to know that the synthesizers we have today actually started off nearly 120 years ago. At the end of the 19th century, around 1896 a businessman and inventor going by the …

Jordan Rudess Changes The Mobile Synth Landscape With Morphwiz
June 6, 2013 – 12:10 pm | No Comment
Jordan Rudess Changes The Mobile Synth Landscape With Morphwiz

Best known for his contributions to progressive metal band Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess is highly recognized as one of the best keyboard players to ever live. The Juilliard School of Music alum now expanded his …

Dr Who Theme on 8 floppy drives
May 11, 2012 – 9:10 am | No Comment
Dr Who Theme on 8 floppy drives

MrSolidSnake745 has put together eight floppy drives, an Arduino, some cabling, a computer and software created by Sammy1Am to make something incredible – the stepper motors from eight floppy drives playing the Dr Who theme!
Basically, …

Dave Smith/Roger Linn Tempest drum machine
January 13, 2011 – 10:37 am | 5 Comments
Dave Smith/Roger Linn Tempest drum machine

Dave Smith instruments (Dave smith is the guy whop created the legendary Prophet 5 analogue synth) just released at NAMM 2011 the details of his new analogue drum machine, the Tempest.

A collaboration with Roger Linn, …

Musical Cactus
January 12, 2011 – 12:53 pm | One Comment
Musical Cactus

The cactus in the video below seems to be special – it can be played! Yes, this cactus is a playable musical instrument. In the video below, you see someone playing …

Flute made on a 3D printer
January 4, 2011 – 4:53 pm | One Comment
Flute made on a 3D printer

3D printing has come a long way – there are now stores that will print 3D objects on demand like this one in Belgium. It really gets the imagination flying, thinking of all the …

Pinball Wizardry
January 4, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment
Pinball Wizardry

In this clip from an old episode of Omni (hosted by Peter Ustinov), electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani describes working on the music and sounds for the 1980 pinball game, Xenon – one of …