The Swarmatron

If you're a musician, perhaps you'd like to play this new device called the Swarmatron. The second clip shows it being deployed by Mrs. Trent Reznor.

     Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 01, 2010
     Category: Music | Technology | Computers

And this is #1 on every 5yo's Christmas (can we say that word?) list and #1 on every mother's "Ain't no way" list.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/01/10 at 12:29 PM
the guy that said it looked like a 50's thing was absolutely right. often older stuff becomes trendy, so maybe it will catch onfor a while.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 11/01/10 at 02:11 PM
Oooooo, sweet! All Analog, dual ribbon controllers, Control Voltage In/Out, lots of knobs for real-time Oscillator, Filter & Amp tweaking, and I like the idea of the 8 oscillator slaved together but tunable over a select spectrum via a single Span Control knob. The Dewan boys sound really interesting in their own right:


I had a similar idea for a guitar effect: a Gate-triggered Sample-and-Hold goes into a splitter amp (I was thinking 1-to-20, but 1-to-8 does sound more doable; maybe make the amount of splits selectable with a control knob? anyway...), each signal is pitch shifted up or down, with knobs to select the general pitch shift & width of the frequency spread, then each signal goes into individual Auto-Wah/Auto-Tremolo/Vibrato effects, with knobs to adjust the central frequency & frequency range for the LFO driving the filter & volume shifting, then mixing the results down to a stereo signal with an adjustable cut control so you dial it back from massively overdriven down to typical guitar output and lower.
Posted by Freddie Freelance on 11/02/10 at 03:12 PM
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