Otamatone, anyone?

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Otamatone, anyone?

Post by SignoftheDragon » Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:22 am

So- if a theremin and a violin had a mutant baby with a rubber resonating chamber for a mouth... the result would be the Otamatone?

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Kind of a wacky/cool take on the mono-synth idea- you basically slide your finger up and down the 'neck' violin-style to generate the tone & modulate the pitch, and then squeeze the sides of the 'face' to open and close the mouth for a sort of living wah/filter at the bottom.

There's loads of hokey Otamatone = vocals videos on youtube- (I particularly like the brootal ones like Disturbed - Down with the Sickness, etc.) but I'm trying to fit it in a bit more of a serious instrument role- we'll see how that goes in the full-band setting when the Covids are defeated.

Anyone else got their hands on one of these?

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Re: Otamatone, anyone?

Post by SadFuzz » Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:37 am

One of my friends has one. Its like a more tactile piano tie. Fun though.
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Re: Otamatone, anyone?

Post by lunaticjaguar » Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:57 am

used that exact model in the studio on my bands last record, put a whack of delay on it and did some crazy background noises on a track. super fun.

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Re: Otamatone, anyone?

Post by SignoftheDragon » Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:58 am

lunaticjaguar wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:57 am
used that exact model in the studio on my bands last record, put a whack of delay on it and did some crazy background noises on a track. super fun.
Did you use the output jack, or did you mic it?

(reason I ask is the rubber "mouth" thingy adds another variation to the internal speaker tone, but has no bearing on the line-out sound. Probably my one complaint about this as a serious instrument)

any sound links?
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Re: Otamatone, anyone?

Post by s_mcsleazy » Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:15 am

my dad has one. i play it sometimes when i'm there and it's super fun. there's also a great youtube channel that does otamatone covers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY6h5kJKtgg
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Re: Otamatone, anyone?

Post by lunaticjaguar » Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:11 pm

SignoftheDragon wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:58 am
lunaticjaguar wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:57 am
used that exact model in the studio on my bands last record, put a whack of delay on it and did some crazy background noises on a track. super fun.
Did you use the output jack, or did you mic it?

(reason I ask is the rubber "mouth" thingy adds another variation to the internal speaker tone, but has no bearing on the line-out sound. Probably my one complaint about this as a serious instrument)
most likely line out. there was so many FX on it I dont think it mattered.

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