So you want a fully analog hardware synthesizer with a metal touch keyboard that costs a lot less than a Macbeth Nexus? Dubreq has created a new Stylophone call the S2. I have an original and they have been used by some big artists over the years. The new S2 has an 8 waveform LFO, 2 Sub Oscillators, Aux in and for me personally the most exciting addtion: CV in!
“The First British Made Stylophone For 30 Years: The New Dubreq Stylophone S2. Dubreq, the original creators of the Stylophone and Stylophone 350S, are proud to announce the new Stylophone S2. This fantastic new analogue synth, made in the UK, is now available worldwide!” – stylophone2.com
$80 built, $55 for the kit. Pre-order: click here. This is the Stylophone Twenty Ten style. At 1:20 minute in one the video above is where you realize you want this over a software plug-in!
“The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a stylus keyboard. It has adjustable waveforms, a light controlled analog filter, LFO, and arpeggiator that can be clocked over IR. This is a beginner kit and does not require an Arduino programmer board.” – bleeplabs.com
Want a nice afternoon project? How about taking a Styplophone, hacking it to make the “Dominator” sound (Roland Juno-1) and added Midi to it? Sounds crazy but that’s exactly what Jason from the UK did in the video above.
“Just for fun… not the most useful synth mod ever made. The technicals… Soldered wires to Stylophone PCB to use its keypad / resistor ladder.. put 5V across it and read voltage at stylus by analog input pin on arduino clone (miduino). Found out input value for each note and sent out MIDI note on/off messages thru serial connection when notes are detected. Simple.” – hotchk155
Just for a bit of comparison here’s the video for one massive classic techno by Human Resource called Dominator (iTunes link). This song really showcases how a stock synth preset can become a monster hit.
Come on now tell me an iPhone/iPod Touch is not getting more and more tempting every minute?
“The Very Cool Software Company, a U.K.-based Mac OS developer, recently announced its first iPhone application: Dubreq iStylophone. Dubreq Stylophone is an electronic musical instrument, originally invented by Brian Jarvis in 1968 and manufactured in the U.K. by Dubreq. The Dubreq Stylophone, also known as “the original pocket electronic organ,” was sold by the millions in the early ’70s and used by artists including David Bowie, Brett Domino, Erasure, Hexstatic, Krafwerk, Marilyn Manson, Orbital, Pulp, The Raconteurs, and They Might Be Giants.” – news.cnet.com