Otamatone from Maywa Denki (White, Black or Blue)


  • Japanese White
  • 3 AAA batteries required.
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

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The Otamatone is a digital musical instrument synthesizer,  developed in Japan in 1998 from the toy company CUBE  and that the Maywa Denki design company, headed by the brothers Masamichi and Nobumichi Tosa.

The Otamatone (オタマトーン) is a singing toy whose body is shaped just like an eighth note (it also marginally looks like a tadpole, “otamajakushi” being Japanese for “tadpole”), together with noise emerging from a “mouth” on the notehead. It takes two hands to perform: while one hand retains and squeezes the “mind”, the flip side controls the pitch of the song by putting the finger on a ribbon control over the stem; a higher position on the stem makes a reduce sound.The ribbon control is intentionally delinearized to resemble a guitar, so there’s a shorter distance between higher notes than between reduced ones. Varying the strain on the mind (hence opening and shutting the “mouth” of this tool) generates a wah-wah impact, and vibration the neck (and thus slightly shifting pressure on the mind) generates a vibrato effect. Switches on the rear of the mind enable users to change octave, turn it off or on, or modify the volume. Note like musical instrument.

  • The otamatone could be performed easily and contains an analog to digital audio movement with the sounds of a drum.
  • The only note chord contains three stages Top,Middle and Low.
  • It’s the components divided evenly and may be dynamically ensembled just like previously.

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