It’s been a bit over a month since we successfully finished our Kickstarter campaign. After a short summer break we are back working full-time on the DUO. In this update, we want to let you know what is going on behind the scenes.
Based on feedback we received during the Kickstarter campaign, we have reshuffled the buttons and sliders around a bit. This should make the DUO easier to use, more rewarding and with a better balance between the sequencer and synthesizer side.
There are three major parts to the design and engineering for the development prototype, and we’re making nice progress on all three.
First up is the keypad. The sequencer side will have a custom-made silicone rubber keypad, for which we are negotiating with manufacturers and drawing the necessary engineering drawings.
With the new control layout and the keypad, a new metal housing is needed. Again, we are negotiating with manufacturers and sending out manufacturing drawings. We should have samples in our hands in a few weeks.
The Dato DUO has four circuit boards inside. The most important one is the one that generates the sounds and carries all the input and output signals. We’ve dubbed it ‘the brains’. We’re ready to send the prototype version to the board house (which is a nice name for a pcb manufacturer) and the other 3 pcb’s should follow shortly.
We were joined by our first intern: Leah. She is working some very exciting ideas for the user manual and packaging. More about that soon!
And last but not least, we are really happy to announce that we have been selected to participate in Amsterdam Dance Event’s Sound Lab. At the end of October we’ll be present with our dev kit prototypes for a hackathon and jam session. We are looking forward to see how far the participants can push the of the Dato DUO. And of course all our backers are more than welcome to join the party!
Have a nice weekend!
Toon and David