We are happy to announce our next product – the Motor Synth. It is an analogue, electro-mechanical synthesizer that uses a system of electromotors as its main sound source.
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Motor Synth produces sounds by accelerating and decelerating eight electromotors to precise rpm (revolutions per minute) that correspond with specific musical notes. The instrument’s eight-electromotor configuration makes it a four-note true polyphonic synth with two voices per key played.
Digging deeper, the Motor Synth has two ways of producing its core sound. Firstly, magnetic pickups are placed on each of its eight electromotors; the spinning coils result in a very industrial-sounding, over-the-top analogue tone. Think eight harmonious revving engines pumping out an intimidating noise!
Secondly, specially designed reflective optical disks have been attached to the shafts of each electromotor. Each disk contains a graphical representation of three standard audio wave-shapes. As the electromotors spin, the disks are set into circular motion, and each wave-shape is read by a dedicated set of infrared sensors, then converted into an audio signal. Thus, the wave-shapes on the reflective optical disks become precise musical notes, corresponding to the speed of the electromotors.
Motor Synth features familiar analogue envelopes and filters alongside arpeggiation, cross and LFO modulation, sequencing, and multiple polyphonic mode facilities, as well as an innovative looping system that allows adventurous users to layer rhythm and melodies, just like when using a loop station.
Motor Synth can be played out of the box via eight built-in control keys and four floating tuning/frequency knobs. Performers and composers can connect any MIDI controller, like a keyboard or DAW.
The Motor Synth will be available through crowdfunding starting 28 May 2019, shipping to backers (and eventually in stores) towards the end of the year.
Come meet us and try it out:
In Berlin 9 to 11 May at the Superbooth show
In New York 8 to 9 June at Brooklyn Stompbox and Synth exhibit
In Nashville 18 to 20 July at Summer NAMM
All the Best,
Your Gamechanger Audio team