Critter & Guitari

Introducing the Organelle

The Organelle makes it easy to explore new sounds and experiment with new ways of making music. It combines playful and intuitive controls with a powerful and flexible sound engine. The result is an instrument that is limitless in musical possibility and a joy to play.


At the heart of the Organelle's sound engine is a robust computer that runs patches. A patch allows the instrument to take on different forms. Onboard hardware for sound input and output and mappable knobs, keys and buttons enable patches to synthesize, sample, effect, and anything in between!


The Organelle ships with a set of common default patches, and new patches may be loaded from a USB drive. Simply select patches from a continually-growing list, transfer them to a USB drive, reinsert it in the Organelle, and play!


Don't see the exact patch you need? You can create it yourself! Patches may be created and/or edited directly on the device as well as on a personal computer. Plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and begin customizing. The Organelle runs patches created in the powerful computer music programming environment Pure Data (and may also be written in lower level languages too!).

Open Source

As you create patches or tweak existing ones you can share them with others! The Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level.


  • 1x ¼" Stereo Sound Input Jack
  • 2x ¼" Mono Sound Output Jacks (L and R channels)
  • Input & Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz; 16-bit
  • ⅛" Stereo Headphone output Jack
  • ¼" Footswitch Jack
  • High-Contrast OLED Display Screen
  • 4x Parameter Knobs
  • Rotary Selection knob with Push Button Select
  • Volume Knob
  • 25x Maple Key
  • 1x RGB LED
Processor Specifications:
  • 1GHz ARM Cortex A9
  • 512 MB RAM

Operating System: Linux

Boot time: ~20 seconds

  • Ships with 4GB USB Drive
  • Patches and any required files (audio samples, etc.) stored here
Additional Connections:
  • 2x USB port
    • USB Host for: MIDI over USB & Serial over USB
    • USB 2.0 standard-A type connector
  • HDMI output port

Power: 9VDC, 1.0 Amp (Power Supply included)

Physical Characteristics:
  • Size: 10.5" x 3.25" x 2.125"
  • Enclosure: Anodized Aluminum top, ABS Plastic bottom, rubber foot pads

Price and Availability

The Organelle will retail for $495 and be available late 2015.