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Ciat-Lonbarde Tocante Karper

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The Tocante line of musical instruments is "about" and "touching" the materials of electronics. Each touchpad represents a pitch according to industry "preferred numbers," chosen by old wartime engineers for non-musical purposes. Here they form a unique and haunting musical scale, not unlike that of a gamelan or the neutral intervals of Persian music. Beyond these base pitches, three golden sandrodes flank each touchpad; touching these androgynous nodes yields intermodulation, pitch and timbral shifts, and emergent chaotic masses.

Karper is the newest idea, using 24 separate 8bit microcontrollers to do that many parallel Karpluss-Strong string synthesizers, in the tocante scale. Each string has a trigger and two sources of "the noise of computation" or the least significant, hairiest bits magnified as 1bit music (T.P.) These can be output to the trigger, or two circuit-bending nodes that change the octave and pitch degree, or simply listen to the noise of computation on a braided, inner pre-amp.

Technical Specifications
Type: Digital
Synthesis: Karplus–Strong
Oscillators: 2
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Oscillator
Envelopes: 0
Filters: 0
LFO: 0
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Atonal
Modes: Unison
Patches RAM: 1
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 24 notes, Four octaves
Keyboard: Touch Plates
Dimensions (WxDxH): 28 x 8 x 2 cm
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
Power: Solar Recharable 6x300mah NiMH cells / 12V DC 300ma 2.1mm tip-positive
Year Released: 2016
Design Notes:

Peter Blasser

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.synthmall.com
MSRP List Price: $420 - convert
Used Price: $350 - convert

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