The Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer

A Cheap, Hackable Alternative To The Tenori On      24/11/09

Buying Choices

Think Geek has introduced the Bliptronic 5000, an inexpensive matrix synthesizer that's sort of like a baby Yamaha Tenori On.

Like the Tenori On, the Bliptronic features a matrix of buttons that are used to control when sounds are played. Instead of the 256-button grid of the Tenori On, though, the Bliptronic has a 64-button grid.

Here's what Think Geek has to say about the Bliptronic 5000:

At once a minimalist musical plaything and a hardcore old-skool synthesizer, the Bliptronic defies categorization as it belts out 8-Bit style style tunes from its grid of glowing buttons. You'll notice sound similar to a retro Casiotone with an interface not unlike a simplified Yamaha TENORI-ON... if that makes any sense. Either way, once you start touching the keys of the Bliptronic you'll be hooked by it's simple pattern-based approach to music.

Product Features

  • Unusual retro synthesizer is played with a grid of glowing buttons
  • Create looping patterns and change them dynamically while playing
  • Chain multiple units together and create more complex melodies
  • One octave range. 8 notes can be played simultaneously
  • 8 different old-skool synth sounding instruments to choose from
  • Sounds created using FM waveform synthesis
  • Set the BPM (beats per minute) from 60 to 180 in 20 BPM increments
  • Built in speaker with headphone jack and line-out jack
  • Front panel is constructed from brushed aluminum
  • Includes, manual and 2 link cables for connecting additional Bliptronic units
  • Requires 4 x AA batteries (not included)

Pricing and Availability

The Bliptronic 5000 is available now for $49.99.


via thinkgeek

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