Tiny Chimera Analog Synthesizer
By James Grahame
The Chimera bC16 miniature audio synthesizer resembles an alien dinner plate, complete with a serving of electro spaghetti. It can be powered by three internal 9V batteries and even offers a built-in headphone amplifier so you can patch together brilliant bleeps and bloops on the bus. You'll need a control voltage source (such as the upcoming Chimera SM16 analog step sequencer) to make anything approaching music.
Mystery designer BC has managed to pack a complete patchable analog monophonic synth - with VCO, LFO, ADSR envelope generator and noise and ring modulation - into a "CD sized" plastic case, and has the audacity to market his creation for a mere $229. The initial production run is almost sold out, but he's planning to introduce a $269 SM16 analog sequencer with MIDI and even a $299 pH303 bass line synthesizer at the end of January 2008.
The site is still heavily under construction, but it's worth a visit to see how things are progressing. [note to budding entrepreneurs: Send us links to your site *after* pulling down the "coming soon" banners or you might get forgotten at the bottom of the RT inbox...]