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This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
This is the Dato DUO, an instrument for two. A gritty sounding synthesizer paired with a flashy sequencer. For kids aged 3 - 99 and up!
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April update: we started production!!

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Dear Backer,

We started production!! We set up a pop up factory at the Central Museum of Utrecht, The Netherlands, were we spent the last two very productive days preparing parts for assembly. More on that later, but just to get this out of the way: we will not yet be shipping Dato DUO's in April.

Pop up factory at the Central Museum Utrecht
Pop up factory at the Central Museum Utrecht

With Easter and our trip to Superbooth (Berlin) and MEFF (Florence) the number of production days left in April is simply not enough to get a big batch out of the door. We want to make sure that every Dato DUO leaves our factory in perfect condition and we need some time to get that right.

The latest hiccup is that we are still waiting for one vital thing: the main circuit board. Our assembly house received amplifier chips with too many pins – those are obviously not going to fit. They immediately ordered new chips and expect to be able to deliver the boards within a week.

DUO Sequencer circuit boards being manufactured
DUO Sequencer circuit boards being manufactured

Housings were delivered and they look really good! The holes are no longer laser cut, but machine stamped with custom tools. The result looks even better than the prototypes we received. Screws and nuts have to be screwed into every housing, and the wooden sides have to be put on. This is what we ended up with after one day of fabrication:

A day's worth of preparation work
A day's worth of preparation work

 

Speakers soldered and ready to be screwed into the bottom of the DUO
Speakers soldered and ready to be screwed into the bottom of the DUO

After 16 months of preparation, it feels great to finally be manufacturing DUO's, even if it's a little later than planned.


MEFF Florence, 24-25th April

On the 24th and 25th of April we will be present at the Modular Synthesizer Exhibtion Fair in Florence. Even if you can't be there, it's worth watching this impressive promo video by Piero Fragola and Matteo Giampaglia:

 
Hyve Touch & dadamachines

Two more things: there are currently two active music-related Kickstarter campaign we really like. Skot Wiedmann's Hyve Touch Synth is an expressive (and highly aesthetic) syntheiszer, and Johannes Lohbihler's dadamachines turn objects from the real world into musical instruments.

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We'll be back with more updates soon. Oh, and by the way, if you haven't filled in your backer survey, please do so now.

Thanks!

Toon & David

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    1. Frank van Caspel on April 13

      Goed bezig, ziet er allemaal tof uit! :D