If you enjoy playing musical instruments, building your own instruments, or enjoy tinkering with electronics. You might be interested in a new DIY musical instrument kit called the Ototo which has launched over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website this week.
The Ototo has been designed and created by Dentaku based in London, UK and is an all-in-one musical invention kit that allows you to create an instrument any way you want. Check out the video after the jump to learn more about this innovative musical kit.
The Ototo is a small synthesiser that can be connected to conductive materials and simple electronic sensors and no coding experience is necessary to create your instrument. The Ototo features 12 key capacitive touch keyboard (1 octave) with connectors, 4 sensor inputs, 5V analog input, Onboard speaker and 3.5mm headphone output Powered by 2 x AA batteries or micro USB, and includes a 128 Mbit Flash memory.
The Kit is available with a choice of seven different sensors to suit your needs with different pledge levels available. Ototo’s creators Dentaku explain a little more:
“Ototo is great for building musical projects without a computer but once connected via USB it can also act as a MIDI controller. This allows you to use the instruments and synthesisers on the computer using the touch keys as note inputs and the sensors as control messages. This means you can keep the flexibility of building with Ototo but expand your range of sounds by playing instruments in Ableton Live, Apple Garageband and many more. The best of both worlds!
Ototo has two sound generating modes: a synthesiser and a sampler. The synthesiser is a 2 oscillator wavetable synthesiser with an amplitude envelope, a modulation envelope, an LFO and a low pass filter. The sampler plays back short samples such as drum sounds from the flash memory with the ability to change the pitch of samples. The presets for the synthesisers are stored on the Ototo which you can cycle through by pressing the buttons.”
The Ototo project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Ototo is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Ototo become a reality.
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