Introducing the QUINOA synthesizer
The origin of this project
Introducing the QUINOA synthesizer: inspired by a program created by Jan Ostman, this synthesizer has been specially designed to feature “Strings” sounds.
This is first and foremost an “Upcycling” creation: a Bontempi organ has been taken over and greatly improved.
Introducing the QUINOA synthesizer: Hybrid technology
This synthesizer uses Arduino Nano circuits to generate its sounds (4-voice digital paraphony), as does the keyboard (Mega 2560 model). The 12db resonant low-pass filtering is entirely analog.
An open concept
Inside the device, the notes from the keyboard circulate in MIDI format, enabling the circuit to be used for another purpose if desired. A tutorial explaining its construction has been published on the Oui Are Makers website, with the following sources (French website).
TFirst intended for studio use, the Quinoa synthesizer was presented at the first Maker Faire in Lille in 2016. The instrument is not for sale, but any Maker who wishes can access the sources to adapt them to any other instrument.
A constantly evolving concept
A number of additions are planned to expand the possibilities of this synthesizer. Here are just a few examples :
Digital effects (Delay, Reverb, Chorus…)
Tablet (touch control)