One of the “destinations” at NAMM is the booth of Big City Music, who always feature an array of analog synthesizers and esoteric musical instruments.
I have been interested in getting something from Metasonix for a while. But there also plenty of things to consider on this “toy shelf”:
In the lower left is a circuit bent toy from the Speak and Spell series. Above it are various effects pedals from 4ms Pedals:
The pedals all have very appealing visual designs (especially the Bend Matrix in the foreground), as well as interesting sound. You can hear some clips on their website.
I had a chance to play the Persephone Mark 2 from Eowave:
It featuring a “duophonic ribbon”, which allows one to use two fingers on the ribbon simultaneously to play chords with continuous pitch changes and produce unusual elastic harmonies.
Here we see a Dewanatron, I believe this one is a Hynmotron, with two ribbons for controlling sound:
We have encountered the Dewanatron in a previous post.
We received a professional demo of of the Surfin Step Sequencer from Surfin Kangaroo Studio, including its remote control capabilities:
Finally, we had a chance to try out the new digital simulation of the classic Mellotron synthesizer:
It was set up such that one could play both the original (below) and the new digital simulation prototype (above). The simulation faired quite well in an A/B comparison, including trying to play both simultaneously.