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'I Take Up' - Organelle Patch Demo Video December 01 2016

With 'I Take Up,' you can record and play all kinds of crazy loops on the Organelle!

Hit the Aux button (or foot pedal) to record into a loop (use the keyboard to select one of 24 loops), causing the loop to grow in length. Adjust the playback speed and direction with the knob 4. With knob 3 control how much of the playing loop is mixed into the recording, this is when it really gets fun....

Download it from our site today.


Organelle & Terz Amp Bundle Sale! November 25 2016

Bundle Deal: When you purchase an Organelle, get a Terz Amp for $100

You'll see the deal in both the Organelle or Terz Amp product pages.

 

Sale runs through Monday Nov 28 2016. While Supplies Last!

If you purchase the bundle and decide to return either (but not both) of the items, the refund amounts will be as follows: Organelle: $495; Terz: $100.

 


h Rando Demo! November 24 2016

Here's a video of the h Rando Organelle patch in action! 

Each key triggers one of four samples (maximum) in random sequence. Use the built-in sequencer to write a loop with constant variation! Connect h Rando to an external MIDI device for enhanced sequencing! Modify the pitch and decay of your samples, as well as filter mix and cutoff frequency, with the parameter knobs.

All of the samples may be replaced with your own.

If you attach a footswitch, you can layer four more loops on top of the original for more fun!


New Patch Friday: Countdown Timer November 18 2016

 We made this patch a while ago as a demonstration of an uncommon functionality.  Not many musical instruments double as an alarm clock!  With Thanksgiving next week, we thought this might come in handy in the kitchen, so we polished it up and posted it.  The idea is simple: set the time with 3 knobs (hours, minutes, and seconds)  and then press the Aux button to begin counting down.  When the timer runs out, the alarm bells sound! The fourth knob controls the volume of a tick tock sound, and they keys also play a simple synth tone for fun.

Although this patch may be more of a novelty than musically useful, it might come in handy under certain circumstances.  All of the sounds (the tick tock and alarm bells)  may be replaced with your own .wav files.  So you can really have any sound loop for a certain amount of time and then something else start sounding when the timer runs out, like when it is time to get on stage.  

Download Countdown Timer

 

 


New Patch Friday: Genny 1 November 11 2016

Genny 1 is a generative clouds-of-notes style patch.   It is not a completely generative patch,  it still requires you to hold down some notes, but it takes over from there, selecting the notes randomly and transposing them in different octaves.   We are also excited about the circular panners used in Genny 1 to move the notes around in space as they are playing.  Genny 1 can be used to create background landscape in your work or for peaceful meditations.  

Download here

 

 Enjoy!


New Patch Friday: Drummy November 04 2016

The last 3 sample playing patches we posted are fun, but Organelle is also a great synth!  This drum synthesizer takes a new approach to the Organelle keyboard: adjust each key's sound individually. 

 

Download Drummy 

Tune up a different drum sound on each key, and then record a sequence. Drummy lets you prepare a sound for each key. Tap on the keys to play, and to change a sound press and hold the key. The LED will become white and you are now in drum edit mode! Use the knobs to adjust the drum sound. There is also a secret function for copying a sound from one key to another: in drum edit mode hold one key down while pressing a second. The second key now sounds like the first and you can adjust from there, which is great for creating a few similar sounding keys. When you are done editing the sounds, press the Aux button to return to normal mode. Now the knobs control some overall effects: a modulation oscillator and reverb. In normal mode the Aux button functions as a sequencer: press and hold to record enable. 

We are excited about the way this turned out because the same idea could be applied to other types of percussion synths or samplers.  (Although not great for non-percussive sounds, because if you hold a key down you will enter edit mode.  This would not be ideal if you were playing, for example, an organ!)  If you are into editing patches for the Organelle, this one is a good starting point for any kind of prepared percussion patch:  swap in your synth voice and effects while retaining the overall functionality.  


New Patch: Beats and Pieces November 01 2016

Following our special Halloween patch Thery Scary we have a similar sample playback patch: Beats and Pieces.  They are both available from the patches page.  These patches are similar in that they both use the Aux button on the Organelle to play a sound file in the background.  While the sound is playing you can play other sounds on top of it using the keyboard.  In Thery Scary you control a Theremin sounding synthesizer, and in Beats and Pieces you play shorter sound samples.  All of these sounds are in the patch folder and may be replaced with your own.

 

There has been a lot of interest in using the Organelle to play back samples, and Beats and Pieces makes a good example of this facility.  In Pure Data (the programming environment used to create patches for the Organelle) there are two methods for playing sound files: streaming them from the disk, and loading them into memory (RAM).  Streaming from disk allows you to play files of arbitrary length; you are limited only by the available space on the USB drive.  Loading files into RAM allows for much more drastic playback manipulations in Pure Data, but there are limits to how long the sounds can be.  Beats and Pieces uses both methods: it streams the background sound from disk, and loads the key sounds into RAM.  So the background sound can be as long as you want,  but the sounds for each key should be shorter (up to around a minute should be fine)

 

 

 


New Patch Friday: Thery Scary Halloween Patch October 28 2016

This week we have a spooky sounds patch just in time for Halloween!  With Thery Scary you can play a Theremin style synth on the keys while a sound loop plays in the background.  Make adjustments to the background sound and synth using the knobs.  Pressing the Aux button adds some Vibrato for the classic Theremin sound.   Put some speakers on your porch, and sit inside on the couch playing spooky melodies for the neighborhood.

Download it here: Thery Scary.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween! Sounds by our new Thery Scary #Organelle patch!

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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).

Enjoy!


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!

Rehearsing for Day 2 of @machinesinmusic. We're here till 5! It's free! #machinesinmusic

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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!

 

Synths featured in this video: Pocket Piano, Septavox and Bolsa Bass.

Pedals from Old Blood Noise Endeavors, Dwarfcraft, Moog and Boss.


Visualizing a Bolsa Bass & Organelle with the Black & White Video Scope July 23 2016

Flatscreen TVs are really fun to use as a visualizer/table!

We displayed the audio from a Bolsa Bass and Organelle with a Black & White Video Scope!

 


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!



Have fun!


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

We just wrapped up a great trip to the Sónar Festival in Barcelona! Our booth in the MarketLab featured the Organelle and its many uses!

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.

 

A video posted by Saleem Reshamwala (@kidethnic) on

 


Jack Lawrence plays Septavox and Terz Amp April 29 2016

Check out this new video featuring Jack Lawrence playing the Septavox and Terz Amp!


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!

Enjoy!


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.  

Check out more details!


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

Introducing the Septavox keyboard synthesizer and the Terz amplifier!

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.