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Pocket Piano Featured in Norwegian Comedy Show! November 15 2014

The Pocket Piano makes a cameo in Norwegian TV2's Kollektivet comedy show about DJs who have too much gear in their setup. Things get out of hand once a Pocket Piano is added to the mix!



Synthwin Contest 2014 Winners August 29 2014

We are happy to announce the Picture and Video winners from our contest this week.  Congrats to atdavis444 and hicksoncompactgroup!   Thanks to everyone who submitted, it is so great to see all the creative pictures and videos.  Check out #synthwin2014 on Instagram to see all the entries.

 

 


Rhythm Scope & Drums! May 18 2014

Drummer Gabriela Jimeno controls the Rhythm Scope! We set up her kit, two mics, a Rhythm Scope and a projector and recorded the AV magic! This video shows the Rhythm Scope's 16 modes responding to her drum beats. 

Production notes: The Rhythm Scope is receiving audio from two Shure SM 57 microphones (off camera): one mic is set up on the the kick drum and the other is above the drum set. The mics are fed into a mixer which sends the audio to the Rhythm Scope and an 8-track recorder. Unless the Rhythm Scope was set to random mode, we would set it to a specific mode depending on her beat.

Please check out more of Gabriela's work at:

http://www.gabrielajimeno.com & http://www.soundofbalance.com


New Black & White Video Scope!! February 21 2014

 

The newest video synthesizer creates elemental patterns from your music in beautiful black and white!  Simply plug in a sound source to the 1/4" jack, and connect a TV or Projector to the video output. 

 


Critter & Guitari visit Japan! January 19 2014

Critter & Guitari take a trip to Japan to learn new techniques for their instruments!

Animation by Devin Flynn. More of his work here:http://www.yallsostupid.com 
Yeah Buddy Yokai voices by Mika Yoneta-Flynn


New Eurorack Module: IIO December 09 2013

The IIO is our newest module for Eurorack modular synths.  It provides a simple speaker output and two inputs.  Great for creating self contained portable Eurorack setups, or previewing signals in large setups.  3 watt speaker gets nice and loud!

Critter & Guitari SynthGiveaway! November 29 2013

Win a Critter & Guitari instrument this holiday season!

We’re giving the gift of music this holiday season! Like and share to enter to win a Pocket Piano GR. Win it to give it as a gift or keep it for yourself!

To be entered to win, Like us/Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share the following image with the hashtag: #cgsynthgiveaway

Be sure to '@' us to make sure we see it! Our accounts are here:

 What can you win?

The winner will win one (1) new Critter & Guitari Pocket Piano GR.

How long does the contest run?

The contest opens today, Friday November 29 2013, and closes on Sunday December 8 2013. Winner Announced on Monday December 9 2013.

Winner Announcement

We will enter each entrant's name into a drawing and then pick one winner. The winner may be asked to verify their account and contact information. We will ship the winner's instrument after collecting the necessary information.

Happy Holidays,

Critter & Guitari

UPDATE Dec 9, 2013 - We have picked a winner! Congratulations to the Instagram user "spacemannn" - you have won the contest! Thanks to all who entered! We'll do another one sometime soon! Happy Holidays!


Melody Mill! New Module for Eurorack! November 25 2013

We are pleased to announce the Melody Mill module! The Melody Mill brings the fun of the Pocket Piano to modular synthesizer setups!  It's got a built-in keyboard, CV outputs, CV clock input, built-in arpeggiators, a sequencer, MIDI capabilities and a stamped gold-anodized panel.

With the Melody Mill you can:

  • Use the CV output to control oscillators
  • Connect your MIDI controller or computer to your modular setup using the MIDI input
  • Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules
  • Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses
  • Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies
  • 'Hold' notes for drones
  • Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp
  • And more!..Details here: critterandguitari.com/melody-mill
Shipping now!

Critter & Guitari Rhythm Scope October 23 2013

 

Announcing the Rhythm Scope! It's a video synthesizer that generates visual patterns in response to beats, arpeggios and other percussive sounds! Select one of 16 patterns or use the Random mode to switch patterns every 1-16 beats. Great for live shows, video jams, drum practice, and more! 

 


Teal Kaleidoloops are Here! September 19 2013

Our Kaleidoloop is now available in Teal!

Teal Kaleidoloop

Our yellow and blue Kaleidoloops had a baby! Please visit the Kaleidoloop page for more information. 


Chord Chart for Pocket Piano September 09 2013

We made a handy chord chart for the Pocket Piano!  It lists a bunch of common chord types in all 12 keys, with the notes invereted as neccessary to fit on the Pocket Piano keyboard.  It is also color coded, so you can easily see each chord tone within the chord.  We are offering the chord chart as a free download.  


¡Anunciando Manuales de los Instrumentos en Español! August 29 2013

¡Estamos felices de anunciar nuestros manuales de los instrumentos están ahora en Español también!

Aquí están:

También están disponibles en las siguientes páginas de productos:

¡Gracias!


Critter & Guitari Synth Win Contest Winners August 27 2013

We are happy to announce winners to our first contest! Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and videos. It was really hard to pick a winner. We decided to pick a photo winner and a video winner since comparing videos with pictures can be tough. So we are giving away two instruments! The two winners are:

Log by charliesteudle

We love the nature element in this photo. There were so many great nature scenes in the submissions, and we're happy to see people taking the instruments out and about! The tree is also a nice nod to the Pocket Piano's wooden buttons and enclosure. Reminds us of the Giving Tree, like this person made a bunch of Pocket Pianos with this tree.


 

Pocket Piano Flyby by Miketron5000

While the instruments work great outdoors, there were also many submissions of people using the instruments in a studio or performance. We love the videos by Miketron5000, and this flyby video in particular. The music is great too, and takes advantage of the Pocket Piano's unique tones and arpeggios!


 

We hope we can have another contest soon! Below are some more of our favorites. Thanks again!

Runner-ups...


Exploratory Hour at Main Drag Music July 20 2013

Join us at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn to explore our instruments! We'll demonstrate different setups of the Bolsa Bass, Pocket Pianos, Kaleidoloop, and Video Scope and then let you explore them on your own.

Main Drag has graciously offered to raffle off a Kaleidoloop to those who attend!

Come on down!


Bolsa Bass Animation June 05 2013

New Bolsa Bass animation by Devin Flynn!


Kaleidoloop T-Shirts! June 04 2013

 

It's been about a year since we redesigned our Kaleidoloop!

To celebrate, we made a t-shirt featuring the Kaleidoloop's speaker grille. 
Get one free shirt with purchase of an instrument from our online store!

  • Yellow and Blue American Apparel T-shirts printed in New York City.
  • While supplies last. One shirt per order.
  • Choose your shirt after adding an instrument to your shopping cart

New Bass Synthesizer BOLSA BASS ! November 29 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing our Bolsa Bass - a six-mode bass synthesizer with a built-in sequencer! We’re excited to add a lot of low-end sound to our growing family of instruments!

Building on our Pocket Piano format, we updated the electronic hardware and software to deliver crisp, funky and serious bass over six distinct modes: Circle Ramp, Saw Ramp, Analog Style, Sweep Filter, FM Pad and Bass Delay.

We’ve added an intuitive, fun sequencer that records both notes and knob adjustments for plenty of sonic possibilities.

Like our Pocket Piano MIDI, you can play it by interacting with the wooden keys or by connecting an external MIDI controller like a drum machine, computer, or MIDI keyboard.


Pocket Pianos Electrify David Blaine - Courtesy of Javelin! October 09 2012

Javelin performed during David Blaine's "Electrified" on October 7 2012. They are using two of our Pocket Piano MIDIs to control the Tesla Coils arcing to David Blaine's chain mail suit.

You can hear two separate arpeggiators from the Pocket Pianos ramping up in intensity. The notes sound a little distorted because that's how it sounds when 1 Million volts surge through the air!

More Javelin jams

More Illusions


BLACK PYRAMID September 08 2012

Raphael Griswold has made a short video slide show about a strange formation in the desert in Utah. He used a Pocket Piano to create a beautiful minimal sound track. Some details from the artist:

"There is a giant black pyramid in Green River, UT next to I-70 and across the river from "downtown", just a short distance from the John Wesley Powell River Museum in the village of Elgin. The pyramid is a tomb, into which have been dumped 382,000 CUBIC YARDS of contaminated soil and other materials, the waste from a uranium processing mill - still standing - next to where the pyramid is. I call the pyramid a tomb because like most other pyramids it is a permanent repository for specific materials. This pyramid entombs - or predicts the entombment - of the Atomic Age in general. Like other pyramids, it is a tomb but also a monument."


Recording and Mixing with Kaleidoloops August 23 2012

We have been having some fun this summer experimenting with new ways of recording and mixing sound using our Kaleidoloops. Using multiple devices it is possible to record the same sound from many different perspectives. Since each Kaleidoloop has its own speaker, mixing them is as easy moving them around while they play back.  Then using the built in speed controls, you can build up a forest of multi-layered sound in a matter of seconds!



KALEIDOLOOPS May 23 2012

Check out our newly redisgned Kaleidoloops! With animation by Devin Flynn


'Lucius' are Awesome May 23 2012

Watch Lucius' performance from their Brooklyn studio. You'll probably notice their use of a Pocket Piano MIDI! So good!

If you like what you see and hear, perhaps you'll help them out with their Pledge Music campaign to get back on their feet after having their tour van and all of their gear stolen! We donated a Pocket Piano to their cause! Check it out (if only for the great name): Where in the World is Carmen Van Diego!


ONOMONO_Party Video May 23 2012

This past December, we threw a party at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York City. We asked a few friends to perform and others to install their art in the gallery. It looked ace, sounded awesome and we had a great time! Thanks for coming out on a blustery night!


Bon Iver & Pocket Piano GR May 23 2012

Bon Iver's fantastic, stripped down performance features a Pocket Piano GR!