Use the CV output to control oscillators
Connect your MIDI controller or computer into your modular setup using the MIDI input
Play notes, record and playback sequences and arpeggios on your favorite modules
Convert MIDI clock into CV pulses
Clock the arpeggiator with an LFO for strange melodies
'Hold' notes for drones
Connect the built-in square wave oscillator directly to a filter or an amp
The Melody Mill generates 1-Volt per octave, trigger, and gate control voltages. These signals are used to trigger other synthesizer modules. Notes may be played on the built-in keyboard or received via MIDI. The notes may be used directly to generate the CV signals, or fed through one of the five arpeggiator modes first. Adding to the fun is a hold button and a simple sequencer to record and playback notes. In addition to the CV outputs, the Melody Mill also outputs MIDI of the note it is generating.
A 'smart' arpeggiator clock selects a clock source depending on what is connected to the Melody Mill: CV clock input, MIDI clock, or internal clock (controlled by the 'Rate' knob).
The six modes are:
At the heart of the Organelle's sound engine is a robust computer that runs patches. A patch allows the instrument to take on different forms. Onboard hardware for sound input and output and mappable knobs, keys and buttons enable patches to synthesize, sample, effect, and anything in between!
The Organelle ships with a set of common default patches, and new patches may be loaded from a USB drive. Simply select patches from a continually-growing list, transfer them to a USB drive, reinsert it in the Organelle, and play!
Don't see the exact patch you need? You can create it yourself! Patches may be created and/or edited directly on the device as well as on a personal computer. Plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor and begin customizing. The Organelle runs patches created in the powerful computer music programming environment Pure Data (and may also be written in lower level languages too!)
As you create patches or tweak existing ones you can share them with others! The Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customised at every level.
The seven synth modes are:
- Vibrato Synth
- Harmonic Sweeper
- Two-Octave Arpeggiator
- Octave Cascade
- Mono FM Synth
- FM Arpeggiator
- Mono Glider
To operate, turn it on and start playing keys. Use the Mode button to select modes. Depending on the mode, you can select from four wave forms (sine, square, triangle or sawtooth) or increase the octave with the auxiliary button. Each mode has two parameters that are controlled by the two left knobs. The tuning knob adjusts the keyboard over two octaves and the far right knob controls volume. The 'Hold' function maintains notes that are playing and frees up your hands for other musical tasks.
The MIDI option features two MIDI jacks for MIDI In/Out/Thru to interact with many other MIDI devices: drum machines, sequencers, computers, synthesizers, and other Pocket Piano MIDIs. It is both a sound module and a controller, sending and receiving MIDI note messages, and generating or syncing to MIDI clock signals.
As a sound module, the Pocket Piano MIDI responds to all 88 notes of a full size piano, so you can expand on the Pocket Piano's 16 note keyboard. Using an external controller, you can take advantage of the Pocket Pianos unique sounds and arpeggiators over a much larger range. Larger range = more fun!
But the fun doesn't stop there - the Pocket Piano MIDI also sends and receives MIDI clock, so you can synchronize the Pocket Piano's arpeggiators with your favorite drum machine, sequencer, or computer software. The Pocket Piano MIDI passes all received clock messages to its output, allowing you to chain many Pocket Pianos together to create an orchestra of Pocket Pianos.
The Rhythm Scope features 16 selectable patterns, including strobe effects, flashing squares, rotating blocks, and random pixels. It also features a Randomizer mode. You can set the Randomizer to automatically change modes every 1-16 beats.
To operate: Connect it to a television, projector or video rig and connect a sound source to the 14" audio jack. The Rhythm Scope detects the level of the audio input and when that level reaches a certain threshold, it triggers a change in the pattern. Select one of the 16 patterns and, using the gain knob, adjust the sensitivity to the audio input.
Use the Rhythm Scope with a projector for live performance, TV in your living room, or as part of a larger video mix.
The Video Scope has 2 knobs. One knob controls the input gain, and the other knob selects the display mode. There are now 4 modes: line, color shifter, trapezoid, and randomizer. The randomizer function randomly selects one of the other 3 modes at an adjustable rate. This is useful for hands free operation, and keeps the display always changing.
The video below demonstrates some of the possible patterns (this is an older video, so only the first 2 modes are being used). The sound in the video is the same sound that is feeding into the device to generate the patterns. Since it responds to an audio signal, the sky is the limit with the different kinds of patterns you can get.