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Onde Magnétique OM-1 Cassette Synthesizer

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Description
The OM-1 Cassette Synthesizer is an analog musical instrument built around the concept that when a continuous tone/note is recorded to tape, its pitch will change as the tape's playback speed is increased or decreased. Individual notes are playable via the 8 buttons (keys), each with a tuning knob directly above it.

The volume of the notes can be articulated by using the pressure sensitive volume control - the harder its pressed, the louder the note. A three position switch controls attack/release response of the audio output - Short, Medium, and Long. CV/Gate inputs allow control over the cassette's pitch and volume from a linear (non-quantized) voltage sequencer.

While loosely inspired by instruments like the Mellotron® and Ondes Martenot, the OM-1 has a sound all its own. Because it uses a standard cassette tape as its audio source, the sound creation possibilities are endless. The OM-1 is engineered for experimentation.

Features

TUNING KNOBS: Each knob tunes the button/key directly below it. Pitch range is a little over 2.5 octaves.

PERFORMANCE BUTTONS/KEYS: Use these to change the pitch of the sound recorded to tape, the same way you would play keys on a keyboard. Tuned with the knob directly above it.

FORCE SENSITIVE VOLUME CONTROL: The harder this is pressed, the louder the audio gets. Controls whatever is plugged into the “IN” jack.

ATTACK / RELEASE: Increases the attack and release response of the �Force Sensitive Volume Control as the knob is turned clockwise.

AUDIO INPUT: 3.5mm jack - Connect this to the cassette player’s Headphone output using a mono (TS) 3.5mm cable. You can also plug in any external audio source and control its volume with the Force Sensitive Volume Control or Gate Input.

TAPE SPEED OUTPUT: 3.5mm jack - Connect this to the cassette player’s Tape Speed input (silver jack) using a mono (TS) 3.5mm cable.

CV INPUT: 3.5mm jack - Control the pitch of the tape’s sound from a linear (non-quantized) CV sequencer, such as the Korg SQ-1 (5V Max).

GATE INPUT: 3.5mm jack - Plug in the Gate Output from a CV sequencer to gate the audio being fed into the “IN” jack.

POWER SUPPLY INPUT: Use only the 3V center positive wall adapter supplied with the unit in order to avoid any damage to circuitry.

AUDIO OUTPUT: 1/4" jack - Plug this into an amplifier, external effects, etc.

PITCH RIBBON INPUT: 3.5mm jack
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Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Tape Loops
Oscillators
Oscillators: 1
Envelopes
Envelopes: 1
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Release
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Modes: Mono
Patches
Patches RAM: 1
Storage: Tape
Case
Case: Desktop
Controls: Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Ribbon, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter
Display Type: LED
Connections
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In
Power: DC 3V postive tip
Production
Year Released: 2016

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.ondemagnetique.com
Pricing
MSRP List Price: $315 with Ribbon - convert
Retail Street Price: $285 - convert
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