Make live music on the go: the mi Jam pocket synths
As a musician, I’m very fond of live music. It usually requires bulky instruments or equipment that’s not that portable (well, you can carry a musical instrument with you, but you can count the pocketable ones on your fingers).
B2 have added a new product line to their mi Jam series: the minis. They are four separate pocketable synthesizers, designed for playing alone or jamming along with your audio player. There’s a mixer, a drumkit, a keyboard and a synth guitar.
Read on for a bigger picture and for the juicy details.
All devices have built-in rhythms with tempo and volume control, for those who’ll want to play them stand-alone. There’s a line-in jack for connecting your mp3-player and jamming along with it. It has a standard 3,5mm output, so you can connect your headphones or portable speakers to it.
- the keyboard model has several voices, and only 8 keys. It’s somewhat limited, but should definitely be a lot of fun.
- the drumpad is like a standard drum machine, but without force sensors (so no matter how hard or lightly you press the key you’ll get the same sound). It has a snare drum, a bass drum, tom-tom and cymbals for your tapping pleasure.
- the mixer has two ‘disc’ touchpad. You can allocate one of the preloaded sounds to each ‘plate’ and scratch freely in either direction.
last but not least, my personal favourite: the mini Guitar. It can play riffs and chords, and has a strum sensor. Just hold your finger on one of the notes/chords on the fretboard and strum up or down for chords or notes.
Here are the specifications, as given by the manufacturer:
- simulated real instrument sounds
- programmed rhythm backgrounds
- attractive backlight (the chocolate craze, here too)
- portable size
- volume control
- tempo control
The presentation page is pretty vague, probably so as to make you buy one. And the price isn’t high at all, at around $20 apiece.
Check the product page for a video. Found’em via technabob