The Otamatone is an electronic musical synthesizer. It was once developed in Japan in 1998 by the CUBE toy company and the Maywa Denki design firm. The Otamatone is a singing toy whose body is shaped like an eighth note (it also reasonably resembles a tadpole, “otamajakushi” being Japanese for “tadpole”), with sound emerging from a “mouth” on the notehead. It requires two hands to play: even as 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’s 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 quite 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 sound made by this toy can also be in comparison to the sound of a theremin, synthesizer, or jinghu.
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FUN & EASY TO PLAY – You’ll create different sound and pitch by pressing down the middle a part of the Otamatone. By sliding down your finger up and down, You’ll create higher and lower tone.
Otamatone’s face is made out of rubber, and by pushing his cheeks and making his mouth move around, the volume and the bass of the sound changes.
When you press the cheek, mouth will open. This can be a musical insturment, You’ll enjoy the sound.
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