The Mattel Synsonics from 1982 is an analog drum pad computer with 4 sounds that can be played with the 4 velocity-sensitive pads. The sounds cannot be altered, only the bass drum can be tuned with a control knob.
This little drum machine's sound is really phat, analog and unique, making it a much-searched-for device with iconic status. Next to the drum pads, each instrument is represented by 3 buttons which can play a 4ths, 8ths or 16ths sequence of its respective sound in the selected tempo. On top, 3 memory cells enable you to save a complete drum pattern by using the buttons.
The simple analog technology allows very interesting modifications, so I granted mine a 2nd casing holding all functions I need:
- Mute switches for every individual drum sound
- Bass drum: volume and decay controller
- Snare: volume and decay controller
- Hihat: volume and decay controller
- Tom: volume and decay controller
I often use this one, so I've got 2 sound examples for you: the first one is pure Mattel Synsonics, the other one was recorded during a session with my live project Fujikato.