New Patch Friday: Randomizing Sample Player October 21 2016
Today we begin a new weekly schedule for releasing patches for the Organelle! Every Friday we will post a new Organelle patch to add to the instrument's growing repertoire of musical possibility. As the Organelle can function in so many different ways, there are many ideas we are eager to explore. Now on to this week's patch: h Rando.
h Rando is a randomizing sample player. Each key on the Organelle plays 1 of 4 possible samples. You can use the samples that come with the patch, or you can replace them with your own. (this video shows how easy it is to add your own sounds to the Organelle's sample playing patches). The effect of random samples will vary greatly depending on the samples you choose. For example, you could choose 4 sounds that are the same except for slight changes in volume. When you hit this key, you will hear the random volume fluctuations, giving a more human feel. Or you can add very different sounds and create sequences that never sound the same way twice.
There are global controls for sample speed, decay, and filter on the knobs and the Aux button controls a sequencer. If you have a footswitch handy, you can use it to add up to 4 layers to the sequence!
The sounds that come with the patch are a lot of fun too, a carefully assembled set by Chris Powell (@powserati).
Low Frequencies from the Organelle October 13 2016
Many people have asked "How does the Organelle do with bass frequencies?" So we made a video of some patches that get low!
Use headphones or good speakers to hear the low end!
Critter & Guitari at Machines In Music October 10 2016
We had a great time at Machines In Music at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY!
Thanks to everyone who came out and stopped by our booth!
Video Scope, Synths & Effects August 07 2016
Here's a video showing Critter & Guitari synths paired with some of our favorite pedals and then displayed through a Video Scope!
Pedals from Old Blood Noise Endeavors, Dwarfcraft, Moog and Boss.
Flatscreen TVs are really fun to use as a visualizer/table!
Synthesizer Play Date July 12 2016
This week we made some tunes with the Pocket Piano, Bolsa Bass, and Septavox combined with other fun synths! MIDI chaining is a great way to wring a lot of sound out of these little packages. Our instruments are perfect for all kinds of setups!
Here we've used a Casio CZ101, Boss DR770, Korg ESX1, and Korg MS20 Mini to send MIDI back and forth to layer sounds, sync patterns, sequence patterns, and process audio. We can’t wait to make more jams like this with the Organelle soon!
Septavox Out on the Town! July 05 2016
The other day we needed some air so we took a Septavox for a walk!
The Septavox is a great instrument in the studio or on stage, and because it has a built-in speaker and is powered by AA batteries it’s also great off the grid! Take it all around town, out to the beach, up to the hills, wherever.
Get out there!
Multiple Video Synths, One Audio Source June 25 2016
Here's a video showing the variety of video imagery of the three Critter & Guitari video synthesizers responding to the same audio source!
The Video Scope (top left quadrant) is an oscilloscope. It displays the waveform of the audio you send to it. Depending on the mode, you can control the waveform's color, width and/or color switching rate..
The Rhythm Scope (top right quadrant) displays elemental patterns that change with each sonic 'event'. An event may be just a loud 'peak' of noise, or it may be something more musical like a drum beat or arpeggiated note.
The Black & White Video Scope (bottom right quadrant) has both oscilloscope and rhythmic pattern modes.
In each video synth, one knob selects the mode or parameter and the other controls the gain of the incoming audio signal. (Another way to think about the gain knob is that it sets how sensitive the video synth is to the audio signal.)
Sónar Festival Recap! June 20 2016
Thanks to all who stopped by!
We're at Moogfest! May 22 2016
This weekend we're part of Moogfest in Durham!
We've got a sound installation inside a geodesic dome! Come by and jam with us!
Here's more information.
Jack Lawrence plays Septavox and Terz Amp April 29 2016
Bolsa Bass Now in White! April 28 2016
The Bolsa Bass now comes in White (and Neon Pink)!
...The Bolsa Bass is a bass synthesizer with a built-in sequencer. It has 16 keys, pitch and volume controls, and 2 knobs that manipulate the parameters of each mode.
This video explores what kinds of sounds you can make, and different ways to combine the Bolsa Bass with other MIDI instruments to expand its potential! It's especially fun to send looped sequences from the Bolsa Bass to other synths!
Organelle Available Now! New Video! January 20 2016
Organelles are now available! We also have a great new video demonstrating the capabilities of the Organelle.
Introducing the Organelle October 16 2015
We are thrilled to introduce our newest instrument: the Organelle! The Organelle is inspired by the best aspects of our current instruments, and then adds some interesting new features.
Terz Amplifier and Septavox Available Now! May 08 2015
Created for Jack White's Third Man Records, the all new Septavox and Terz Amplifier are now available in the store. Plug into the Terz and you won't ever want to put your guitar down! Bring your musical ideas on the go this summer with the portable Septavox keyboard!
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!
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: ela-minus.bandcamp.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
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!
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