December 19, 2012

Stylophone S2 Synthesizer First Look

A fully-functional, robust, and capable synthesizer can run you the price of a use Miata.  That synthesizer won’t get your from point A to point B but it will give you enough enjoyment that you don’t need to travel very far to have fun.  No matter how you try to flip it, synthesizers have to be looked at as an investment rather than a toy, in order to purchase one without feeling too much buyer’s remorse.  That’s not to say that fun cannot be had at a cheaper price – it can, it just depends on your definition of fun.

There have been a handful of synthesizer kits and hack job tutorials on how to make some experimental into something useful.  Still, if you want a beginner’s synth at the price of a DIY kit, there is really only one option: the Korg Monotron.  Otherwise, perhaps it would be best if you spent some time tinkering and learning how these things work.  The Dubreq Stylophone S2 falls somewhere between DIY and ready-to-use – by eliminating the need for push-able keys altogether.  Instead, it uses a metallic stylus to complete the jointed already present on an exposed circuit board.  It seems simple enough, just don’t spill water on it.