New Synthesizer For Two, The Dato Duo


Dutch instrument developers Dato have announced the Dato Duo, a new synthesizer designed to be used by two people at the same time.

The Dato DUO combines a synthesizer and sequencer into an electronic instrument that is designed to be used by children and adults alike. While one player plays a melody on the sequencer side, the other creates its sound and adds percussion on the synthesizer side.

Production is being funded via a Kickstarter project. Here’s the official intro video:

“Synthesizers are too much fun to be left to grown-ups alone”, says Dato co-founderDavid Menting.

The wedge-shaped electronic instrument houses a synthesizer on one side and a sequencer on the other. The eight-step circular sequencer has a pentatonic keyboard to play melodies into it, with further buttons and knobs to change those melodies on the fly.


The other side of the instrument controls the synthesizer. Two large sliders control the two digital oscillators and the filter-cutoff frequency, with basic envelope controls to shape the sound. Effects and percussion can be added using two touch pads.

The Kickstarter campaign runs from 27 May until 26 June. The first 100 early-bird backers can pre-order the synth for €269 (approx. $300), with regular Dato DUOs going for €299. Additional rewards include a limited all-black edition. See the project site for details.

via ElSmurf, Toon & David