Techno Future: A Synthesizer That Makes Music Out Of Noise

Techno Future: A Synthesizer That Makes Music Out Of Noise
Techno Future: A Synthesizer That Makes Music Out Of Noise

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The digital age has left its mark on art. Modern music has no boundaries and boundaries: you can record albums even at home, on a laptop, thanks to a variety of sequencers and sound processing programs. Gorillaz's latest album was completely mixed on the iPad, but listening to it, you will never know about it.

This is what explains the flourishing of electronic music: Often, talented electronics engineers essentially don't need anything but a laptop, synthesizer, Midi keyboard and a pair of monitor headphones to create their next club hit.

However, devices that can seriously expand the arsenal of the modern musician are constantly appearing, and Gecko, developed by Irish programmer and engineer Mario Ilecko, is the clearest example of this.

It is a small synthesizer that is capable of turning ambient noise into music. In the corners of the device there are two sensitive microphones that pick up any sounds: from whispering and rubbing of fabric on the skin to knocking and full singing. Then the signal goes through several different filters and changes. Use the miniature keyboard to set the key and chord progression you want.

Photo: Gecho Loopsynth
Photo: Gecho Loopsynth

© Gecho Loopsynth

At the bottom of the device there are four keys responsible for sound properties: volume, pitch and other qualities. Changes can be made in real time with zero latency. However, there is a more exotic way to control the sound: using a magnetic ring. When you bring it closer to the special sensors in the Gecko board, the sound gets higher, the further it goes down. You don't even need to touch the sensors with your hand. The Theremin musical instrument works on a similar principle.

Everything is in order with the connectors of the device: two headphone outputs at once, one input where you can connect, for example, an electric guitar, and a USB output for connecting to a computer.

Photo: Gecho Loopsynth
Photo: Gecho Loopsynth

© Gecho Loopsynth

It is noteworthy that Gecko does not actually have a case - it is just a finished board. If you wish, you can order a version in a wooden box from Kickstarter, but it will be more expensive. And if you want cheaper, then you can choose a DIY kit: parts of the board will come to you, which (it's not very difficult) will have to be assembled by yourself.

Prices range from $ 55 for a DIY model to $ 128 for a fully assembled Gecko in a wooden case. Delivery time - April-May 2017.>

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