FM Synth Bass – a non-stringed bass synthesizer with LED backlight

<pre>FM Synth Bass - a non-stringed bass synthesizer with LED backlight

A few years ago, Dean Miller created a modified guitar with Serv Servo Bender servo drives. Inspired by success, he did not rest on his laurels, and here is his next novelty: a non-stringed bass synthesizer with self-powered power and LED backlight – FM Synth Bass. Like the bass guitar, it produces four basic sounds corresponding to each string.

FM Synth Bass has an unusual conical shape: it was made from an acrylic cut at a certain angle of the cylinder. Instead of four traditional strings for bass guitar, linear ThinPot position sensors are installed on the electronic instrument in special grooves on the neck along with four potentiometers. On the reverse side of the neck there are 120 LEDs for light accompaniment during the performance of musical compositions.

“Brain” FM Synth Bass is a digital signal processor of Blackfin + DSP, associated with the music database FM. According to Miller, DSP resembles a general-purpose microcontroller, but it was specifically designed to handle digital signals on audio or video.

The FM Synth Bass technique is also different from the “guitar” – the sounds are extracted by tapping on that place (the size of the smartphone) where the triggers are located.

The novelty is built in a single copy and is not available for sale. You can view it only by video on YouTube.

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