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Otamatone from Maywa Denki (White)
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- The otamatone can be played easily and has an analog to digital sound motion with the sounds of a drum.
- The single note chord has three phases High,Middle and Low. It has the parts divided equally and can be dynamically ensembled just like before.
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Color: Japanese White
Top Customer Reviews
I'd give it 5 stars, but when a couple friends and I tried to play Greensleeves, like in the product demo, a rift opened up between us and released the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
4/5 Fun toy, but brought the End Times >:(
I am a professional music teacher, so I will include some musician-related thoughts on the Otamatone. First of all, this instrument is extremely difficult to play with any level of proficiency. It has no neck markings at all and it takes a good ear to find the right pitches. The scaling of pitches is similar to that of a stringed instrument, with physical space between notes decreasing as the pitch increases. The space between octaves decreases by about half on one range selection.
The timbre is best described through a visit to YouTube, but I could summarize it as a warm, harsh, almost overdriven sawtooth synthesizer tone.
The Otamatone does not appear to be dependent on a 12-tone chromatic scale, as quarter tones can be played. This too adds to the difficulty of the instrument. Mine has a very impressive range, as listed per "octave" switch. Low: D1-E3, Mid: C3-E5, High: F5-G7. The switch that governs range does not simply change the octave cleanly, as you can see.
The fingerboard/touchpad becomes more responsive and less rigid in pitch changes with more use, especially slow, connected glissandos along the neck. A very natural and expressive vibrato is possible with a bit of practice.
The instrument's true charm comes from its ability to lightly emulate the wah-wah effect produced by brass' mutes and guitarists' pedals. Not only is this interesting to listen to, but it is what makes the instrument so incredibly cute and funny! There is no way to overstate how cute this thing is.Read more ›
The tone is generated on a touchpad along the neck of the instrument. By squeezing the "cheeks" of the face at the bottom of the Otamatone, a "wah-wah" effect can be produced. Because the touchpad produces a variable tone range - think "trombone" or one of those tin whistles with the slide - it can be kind of challenging to hit the right notes until you really get used to it. Unlike many musical toys, you will have to devote some time and attention to an Otamatone before you can start producing anything that sounds decent. That's probably why one reviewer called it "an expensive toy" that couldn't make "real" music.
Anyway, my friends and I have had a great time with the Otamatone, jamming along with the radio and using it as a ridiculous extra instrument in the band. Is it a serious musical instrument? HELL NO. Is it loads of fun after you've put some time into getting used to it? HELL YES.
A curious factor about the instrument is the funny face it wears. It seems happy to exist. But, when you play the thing, you can't help but feel that you're doing nothing but causing it immense and eternal pain. It's jarring to see the steep contrast between those two factors at play.
But, who am I to judge? Although I haven't been able to recognize a reason for its existence, the Otamatone, when at still, seems to be content with its place in the world. And maybe that's all that really matters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After seeing the CEO/inventor of the Otamatone rocking it out on some youtube videos, I had to get one!
This little thing is brilliant, easy to use, and fun to play. Read more
My 9 year old autistic son is absolutely fascinated with otamatones, so we decided to order one for him. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love it. Best 30 bucks ever. Comes with batteries! <3 <3 <3Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love this thing! I am a huge fan of wacky musical instruments and toys for grown-ups. The Otomatone could not be more adorable when you squeeze his little cheeks. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ally W.
This is terrific! We love our Otamatone now that it is working. We did have problems with our first one, one of the keys stayed stuck and would never stop making noise. Read morePublished 29 days ago by T. M. Forsman
Daughter loves it! None of the instructions are in English though.Published 1 month ago by Jessica M. Burns
This simply doesn't work!. We bought it a month or so ahead of our son's birthday and by the time we gave it to him and realized it doesn't work reliably, the return window had... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie J.