Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth can make you smile, here’s why…
Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth Review – Introduction
Are you looking for an analog synth that can fit in your pocket? After reviewing the Gakken SX-150 and the Gakken SX-150 Mark II we came across another fascinating pocket analog synthesizer, the Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth. The little synth is an handy and compact analog synthesizer, it doesn’t need any speaker thanks to its built-in speaker. The Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is usually played with a stylo (just a pen), which is obviously included…
Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth Review – A lil bit of history and design
The Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is a small analog stylus-operated keyboard invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis’s Dübreq Company. Initially Dübreq Company was a film production and recording studio specialized in dubbing and recording. The Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth was designed to be as cheap as possibile. It was designed with a single oscillator. The oscillator is controlled by a metal plate with 20 keys printed directly on the synth electronic board, the keys are played with the stylus. Even if the device is so simple and absolutely non complex it caught on thanks to a great marketing campaign featuring Rolf Harris. Although intended as a little toy, the Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth was used up by a great number of musicians of the period, even David Bowie put his hands on the device. At that time over 6 million Stylophones were sold. Even now at this time the synthesizer is still used in electronic music production by many famous artists, like Orbital.
Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth Review – Features
The Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is played by pressing the built-in stylus on the metal plate as we said before. Other than that it features a switch different for pitch-bending styled plus another switch for different vibrato modes. It’s very simple but it can produce some really dope sounds that are still used to make music to these days.
- Requires 3 AA batteries that doesn’t come included.
- Switch between 3 different retro organ sounds plus an optional vibrato mode.
- The tuning knob allows you to tune the Stylophone or do pitch-bending effects.
- Headphone jack output and a built-in speaker with volume control.
- Audio input to mix your music with the synth and have them both coming out together from the speaker.
Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth Review – This review’s end is your synth game beginning
After all this words we can say that the Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is a great sound machine that can produce great sounds, sounds that are still used in the music industry. It’s a vintage piece of art a pocket piece of art, it can be played everywhere. It’s really damn cheap, incredibly cheap, only 30$ (discounted for the low price of only $24.44 now, here). We think that the Stylophone Retro Pocket Synth is a piece of art and culture and we suggest you to buy it even if you are not going to make any music with it…