The title says it all really, what else could you possibly want to know? PeleyKrane has released a hand-made, sonar controlled, 4-voice wavetable digital synthesizer and sequencer and stuffed it into a hunk of wood. He describes the Hog Shed Monster simply as a compact music computer.
The Hog Shed Monster
It’s an extraordinary looking thing. Reminds of those similarly hand made instruments from Synthfarm. But this device pushes the hand-made synthesizer concept much further. It is a 4-voice polyphonic wavetable synthesizer containing 25 waveforms, built on the Atmega328 8-bit microprocessor with 14-bit audio. It has a headphone/line output and a USB socket for power. But what’s more interesting is the way it’s played, controlled and programmed.
On the front is an array of sonar distance sensors (yes, like on a submarine) that uses pulse reflections to gauge distances. These distances are used to control the pitch and other parameters. So you place objects in front of The Hog Shed Monster in order to play it. On the top is a single knob that selects what you are doing. On the side is a row of four LEDs that tell you what’s going on.
With the sequencing side there are 9 “slots” or steps or events in which 7 parameters can be programmed. They include the pitch of each voice, transpose, the waveform and the length. You can turn steps on or off and change the length on the fly.
It’s an interesting and possibly quite mad little box but check out the video for the sort of fun you could have. Whether it’s £113.30 worth of fun is a whole other matter.
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