First shown at Superbooth last year the Wing Pinger is a unique synthesizer that uses self-resonating filters as oscillators and offers an adventure in sound discovery. It’s evolved and it’s ready to go.
The look as certainly changed moving from something industrial towards something more beautiful and instrument-like. The black and gold are very subdued and the growth of an entire touch-plate keyboard out the side is unexpected but very welcome.
It’s based on a pair of 4-pole resonate lowpass filters surrounded by a network of comparators, pulse converters, binary counters, and shift registers. You don’t so much play it as place yourself in the cockpit of a sound-generating machine that would explode if you didn’t keep fiddling with things.
The “Pinger” aspect is to do with pinging the filters to create the sound. The response is very organic, moving from noise to plucks to percussion held somewhere on the edge of chaos while being musical. But only if you want, otherwise just let the chaos flow through the cross-modulation and avenues of feedback.
In a fascinating interview with Tom of Synthanatomy Meng goes into the details of the Wing Pinger – well worth a watch.
We’re not expecting to see available product until the summer and the price is yet to be decided.
- Meng Qi website