About this project
Mandala *SYNAPSE* Hub
For Drummers...AND Keyboard/Synth Players, Guitarists, Composers, DJ's, Singers...
No need to purchase a full-scale electronic drum brain anymore just to connect electronic drum pedals and/or a controller pedal to your computer across USB. Now there's the Synapse. Synapse accepts two electronic kick pedals, one electronic hi-hat pedal and one controller pedal and turns their output into USB MIDI so your playing can be sent straight into your computer to control any program you want. As a bonus there are also six USB inputs to merge all your other USB equipment into the stream (hint: build a full kit of Mandala Drums!). Actually, you can use those inputs just as you would any standard USB hub (printers, peripherals, etc.). The Synapse internal USB merging is done by way of a high quality hub that we've integrated into Synapse circuitry.
Mandala Drum and friends such as Danny Carey [Tool drummer] and Ryeland Allison [Composer/Producer] have been playing handmade Synapse pedal technology for years. It's been working so well and offers such super-low latency that now we want to share it with you, so pledge away and when we reach our funding goal we will have the circuit board professionally fabricated and mounted in a snazzy enclosure to withstand the perils of the stage and studio.
Any electronic kick or hat pedal or controller (volume) pedal that we know of will work with the Synapse. Each 1/4" pedal input is tunable both digitally and mechanically to the sensitivity you desire, and the MIDI output (note number/velocity curve or controller number) of each pedal is definable by the user with a simple included computer utility application (PC & Mac).
Here's a demonstration of Synapse setup and usage:
1. Home Studio Composers - Electronic musical equipment is offering musicians lower costs, more effects, bigger sounds, and the ability to record it all in a home studio. Now use your feet to trigger sounds and alter effects while your hands are busy playing.
2. Drummers - Danny Carey says "Any good drummer plays music. He doesn't just play beats, and he participates in the musical experience." Danny plays seven Mandala Drums and two e-pedals mixed in with his acoustic drum kit on tour and in the studio. Synapse is devised from the circuitry that helps him incorporate all his equipment into his vast setup which includes the very best acoustic and electronic gear.
3. Guitar Players - If you ever play your guitar through your computer or just straight into your computer (plugins, MainStage, Guitar Rig, etc.) you know how important it would be to have a controller pedal to affect your sound as you play. Synapse lets you connect any standard volume pedal to your computer and use it to control realtime effects by way of MIDI control input to your programs.
4. DJ's - For most it's got nothing to do with two turntables and a microphone. You want the newest tools of the trade integrated into your performance. Synapse allows you to play USB instruments and use foot pedals to trigger and affect sounds so that you can perform at your highest level.
5. Singers - Are you sending your vocals through any computer programs to liven up your sound? Now connect a controller pedal and alter your signal as you sing. Assign the pedal to different parameters of your effects program to do things like increase reverb, bend pitch, add saturation, etc.
Inputs: two 1/4" inputs for electronic kick pedals, one 1/4" input for electronic hihat pedal, one 1/4" input for controller pedal (most volume pedals work as controller pedals), six USB inputs, one power input (power supply included).
Outputs: one USB output
Size: 4.7" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Weight: ~1.5 lbs
Software: (PC & Mac) downloadable utility allows users to customize Synapse MIDI output of each pedal (eg. note number/velocity curve or controller number). Settings will save to internal Synapse memory.
Here's Danny Carey [Tool] successfully testing the new Synapse circuit:
HOW WE PROCEED
Upon reaching our funding goal we will proceed by having our Synapse circuitry layout fabricated and assembled by Novodyne Electronics and our enclosures machined by SC Tech and then painted by ColorTec (all local Los Angeles companies). Then we will assemble and test and ship each unit just like we have done successfully for many products in the past such as the Eyris, Mandala v1, Mandala v2 and Mandala mk2.9. The entire process should take approximately 8 weeks from funding.
Synapse and all its Pledge Rewards make for great holiday gifts. We won't be able to ship before the holidays but we'd be happy to notify that special gift recipient by sending them a verification of your pledge on their behalf. Email us the details (who you are and who gets the gift) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
...And here's Danny using his original Synapse circuitry while warming up for a Tool concert:
Risks and challenges
The following are legitimate risks that may effect the completion of the Synapse Kickstarter project:
1. Force Mejeure - Conditions beyond Synesthesia Corporation's control including but not limited to acts of God (including earthquakes and tidal waves), government restrictions (including the denial or cancellation of any export or other necessary license), wars, insurrections and/or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the party whose performance is affected.
2. Supplier risk - Synesthesia has worked previously with all involved suppliers in producing finished products for the mass market. Synesthesia has also taken the precaution of having more than one supplier for each component. However, there is always a possibility that the production plan will be affected by trouble that arises in connection with the procurement of components.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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