Two New Instruments: Septavox and Terz Amplifier! April 10 2015
Created for Third Man Records and available beginning Record Store Day (April 18)!
The Septavox synth has 41 keys, 7 synth modes and 7 tones. With the seven modes and seven tones there are 49 possible sound settings, each one easily remembered as two color combinations: red and yellow, blue and white, and so on. Other features include: built-in 3" speaker, MIDI In/Out, 1/4" output jack and powered by 4 'AA' batteries!
The Terz amplifier is a hybrid of classic analog amplification circuitry and cutting edge power electronics. It is a portable, loud amp that sounds great while using only four rechargeable ‘AA’ batteries. There are two analog gain/distortion circuits behind the sound of the amp. The left knob controls the amount of silicon diode distortion and low frequency adjustment. The center knob controls the amount of germanium diode distortion for high end crunch. The right knob controls the overall volume of the amp.
Both Terz and Septavox are available in Yellow or Black. Made in the USA.
For more information and to purchase, please visit: Third Man Store.
Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh's Kaleidoloop Demo! February 13 2015Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, composer for many Wes Anderson films) does a fantastic demonstration of the Kaleidoloop in this interview with Cool Hunting. He also discusses his musical beginnings and the future!
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:
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
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.
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.
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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
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!
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!
También están disponibles en las siguientes páginas de productos:
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!
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!
Kaleidoloop T-Shirts! June 04 2013
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!
BLACK PYRAMID September 08 2012
"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!
'Lucius' are Awesome May 23 2012
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!
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