Otamatone [English Edition] Japanese Electronic Musical Instrument Synthesizer by Cube / Maywa Denki, White

Otamatone [English Edition] Japanese Electronic Musical Instrument Synthesizer by Cube / Maywa Denki, White

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago



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 If you've seen an Otomatone in videos, you've most likely seen the larger one a.k.a. the "Deluxe" one. I mistakenly bought this one thinking that was it, but I was surprised to see how small it was compared to the videos. Lo and behold, they're two different things.

Anyway, you'll probably want the Deluxe version since it's apparently easier to play. However, that doesn't mean this is a bad product. This is pretty fun thing to mess around with. It might be a bit difficult to learn if you've never played stringed instruments before. It could possibly be easier to learn if you play guitar but if you play fretless stringed instruments like violin or cello, then this'll be a piece of cake for you.

- Anonymous

My boyfriend ask for one of these for christmas and I assumed it was for my 4 year old nephew. Nooooooope. I have now been serenaded by the beautiful music of Legend of Zelda, Studio Ghilbi and anything else he finds on youtube on the highest and loudest "musical instrument" possible. I would steal it and send it back when he is at work but he takes it to work to show his friends ;_;
It works just as intended but had to give 4/5 stars due to my poor ears

- Anonymous

This is my new favorite thing. It annoys everyone around me, unless I let them play with it, then they love it too. Addictive. Even my 4yo can play with it and he is a terrible musician. My cats think I’m a demon. Just look at some YouTube videos with otamatone covers of songs and you will see why this is such a delight.

- Anonymous

When I pitched the idea of getting this to my team, everyone let out a huge groan. Except for my manager. He asked what it was, and where he could get one. We have yet to play in a duet because /someone/ has been skipping practice, but I've been having a blast playing the national anthem, happy birthday, and the theme song of Game of Thrones on this. Just make sure not to annoy your co-workers /too/ much, or you might just find it broken in two soon...

- Anonymous

I've been a musician for a living my entire life and this thing baffles me, but my 7 year old son can play any song he hears on it! He's now actively seeking out new songs to learn how to play! It's as much fun for me to watch his budding love for playing music as it is for him to play with it. I can't recommend it highly enough to help develop a child's interest in music and creativity in general!

- Anonymous

I loved it. If you learn to play it it is really fun. But it is very annoying but thats i i love it even more. I made it a hat too

- Anonymous

My son was excited to get his Otamatone after watching multiple YouTube videos. When it arrived, though, it was disappointment after disappointment. First, no batteries. Then, when we put in the batteries, it didn't work. We had to fiddle with the batteries and the battery door to get the "sweet spot" to make it work. Then, the keyboard area wasn't very responsive to touch so he couldn't get notes he wanted. Then it became too responsive and it played by itself in mournful little electronic shuddering sobs. Maybe we got a bum note, so I didn't want to totally kill the Otamatone in rating, but, yeah, this is a cute little paperweight.

- Anonymous

I got this on a whim because, well because look at it!

I certainly wasn't expecting much beyond the novelty of it. But then I took it out of the packaging, turned it on, and started to mess around with it.

It's so freaking cool.

Now, I'm just a campfire guitar player so maybe my opinion doesn't have the gravitas of someone who has studied music and instruments. But one doesn't need to have spent time at the Berklee College of Music to see that the Otamatone does what piano, violin, oboe, and harp do: produce tones in reconizable notes.

And better yet, it's intuitive and easy. It has three pitch settings (low, mid, high) that kind of translate to octave scales (though not exactly) so you do have a decent range, and like any string instrument moving up the neck provides a higher pitch, and down the neck makes it lower. One can either play the neck as slide, or as if it were fretted. When played as a slide it sounds quite a bit like a theremin. Even cooler, squeezing the mouth gives you an almost wah-wah peddle effect.

The downside is that the volume is kind of low, it does eat batteries like potato chips, and it isn't very responsive so there's no way to shred on this like Zappa going wild on the guitar.

But I find myself noodling on this thing at the oddest moments. And not for nothing the cost is reasonable enough to make this a really cool gift for anyone with even a passing interest in music. The bonus is the look on my dogs' faces when I set the pitch to high and move all the way up the neck. It's like doing a killer solo onstage. Almost.

- Anonymous

The product description was misleading, I thought I was purchasing the "Deluxe" (larger, with line out) version but instead received the smaller regular version. The "Technical Details" section still says "The Deluxe Otamatone- English Special Limited Edition Version" which is clearly misleading.

- Anonymous

Bought this for my daughter's Christmas. She saw an add for them and she wanted the unicorn one as she is obsessed with unicorns!
The unicorn one just happened to be the most expensive. The price kept changing in the lead up to Christmas but when we finally had the money to buy it , it cost £38+ but we had to get it ,we didn't want her to be disappointed on Christmas morning.
She opened it , she was over the moon! But it didn't work. We changed the batteries but still nothing! It made a little noise , but since nothing. COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT!!

- Anonymous

Works perfectly, but I would recommend you buy the larger one as this one his quite small and difficult to play. It also cannot be connected to headphones like the larger one and will annoy your roommate with the end result of having to buy the larger one anyway because you need to practise playing it. Buying the bigger one allows you to skip the middle part of buying this then buying the bigger one.

- Anonymous

Terrible instrument/toy. Don't confuse this one with the larger [better] version.

- Anonymous

Terrible quality. Barely worked on arrival, then completely stopped working after about 5 minutes of use. Sounds like one of those Stylophones from the ‘70s, but they didn’t cost £30. Might have been a fun novelty if it did work properly, but the build quality is far too shoddy. Avoid.

- Anonymous

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