Otamatone

Hello, buddy, do you know Otamatone?

The Otamatone is an electronic musical synthesizer. It was developed in Japan by the CUBE toy company and the Maywa Denki design firm,led by the brothers Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa

The Otamatone is a synthesizer whose body is shaped like an eighth note (quaver) (it also somewhat resembles a tadpole, or a ladle, otamajakushi being Japanese for tadpole and ladle), with sound emerging from a “mouth” on the notehead. It requires two hands to play: while one hand holds and squeezes the “head”, the other hand controls the pitch of the tune by placing the finger on a ribbon controller on the stem; a higher position on the stem creates a lower sound.

The ribbon controller is deliberately delinearized to resemble a guitar, so there is a shorter distance between higher notes than between lower ones. Varying the pressure on the head (thereby opening and closing the “mouth” of the Otamatone) creates a wah-wah effect, and shaking the neck (and thereby slightly changing pressure on the head) creates a vibrato effect.

Switches on the back of the head allow users to change octave, turn it off or on, or change the volume.

The instrument has gained significant popularity online, especially on YouTube and TikTok´╝îis popular toys.

Otamatone seems more like a creative electronic toy than a real musical instrument, so, wanna take it?

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