New Product Jed Margolin 5/28/85 This is a box with a microphone connected to it. You can plug headphones into it or you can hook it up to your stereo. Mode 1: You hum into the microphone (or play a kazoo), the box determines the pitch and uses it to control a Yamaha chip set. The play has a wide choice of instrument voices. Mode 2: As in Mode 1, however, it is "recorded". The player can then play it back while recording additional tracks. The tracks can be different instruments. If it is cheap enough it can be marketed for kids as a toy. It can also be marketed for people who play single note instruments (such as clarinet, flute, saxophone) who have not be able to use synthesizer technology if they did not also play a keyboard. Hardware: 1. It will be powered by a transformer lump (To make it easier to do UL) 2. The electronics will be: 6502 RAM (Perhaps Non-volatile) ROM Yamaha chip set Membrane switch pad, with illumiunated switch positions Cheap Pitch Extraction Circuitry (This is the key element) 3. It should come with a cheap microphone and a kazoo so people can start using it right out of the box.
May 28, 1985