Now there is a sequencer for kids aged 3 – 99 and up! Fun for the whole family

We love Kickstarter, home to the most random stuff you can find on the internet, however, the Dato DUO combines a synthesizer and sequencer into one fun electronic instrument that is aimed at children and adults alike.It doesn’t matter whether you already know how to play an instrument; anyone can create their own sounds and melodies on the Dato DUO. And while most instruments are designed to be played alone, we designed the DUO to be playable by two!

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The Dato DUO is designed to have fun making music, together! While one player plays a melody on the sequencer side, the other creates its sound and adds percussion on the synthesizer side. By carefully controlling the possible parameters, we designed the DUO so you can’t do anything wrong. The result may be as clean or noisy as you want it to be, but it’ll never be out of tune. If you want to know how it sounds watch our video again – we recorded the soundtrack directly from the output of one Dato DUO.

You play notes into the sequencer using the pentatonic keyboard. Using a pentatonic scale is like only using the black keys on a piano. This makes any combination of notes you play sound in harmony with each other, making it a lot easier for non-musicians to compose catchy tunes.

This is the synthesizer. We’ve put the things we like most about other synthesizers into it. Two large sliders control the two digital oscillators and the filter-cutoff frequency, with basic envelope controls to shape the sound. We’ve added two touch pads – one for percussive bursts of noise and the other for an aggressive bit crusher effect.

Specifications

2 oscillators: 1 pulse (variable width) and 1 sawtooth
Digital low pass filter with resonance
Amp envelope (note length and release time)
Sample rate reductor
Noise-based percussion synthesizer
Sequencer
8-step circular sequencer
Pentatonic keyboard. Two octaves

Inputs and outputs
Audio out capable of driving headphones
Sync input and output, compatible with Korg Volca, Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators
MIDI IN and MIDI OUT on full-size DIN connectors
Micro USB for power and firmware update. 5V, 2A max.

The synthesizer generates sound digitally and has a nice gritty 12-bit sound. They are using Paul Stoffregen’s awesome Audio Library for Teensy as the basis for our synthesizer.

Find out more over at Kickstarter


Damion Pell
About the Author

Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.