Meng Qi Music has today announced Wing Pinger, a new experimental analog Synthesizer with Banana jacks for Superbooth 19. The design stands out because it is completely different from a normal synth. It doesn’t feature oscillators but uses instead two 4-pole low pass filters to create sounds. Both filters are supported by a network of comparators, pulse converters, binary counters, and shift registers.
Winger Pinger is based on the idea of filter pinging (the operation of using narrow pulses as filter input). With the help of a Q compensation function, it’s easily possible to control the self-oscillation and to balance pinging behaviors at different pitches. This unique new synth promises deep organic analog textures, rhythms, noise, and melodies. WP is probably one of the most esoteric and crazy synth ideas on the upcoming Superbooth 19.
- Filter Pinging: Wing Pinger exploits the idea of filter pinging (the operation of using narrow pulses as filter input). With Q near self-oscillation it makes naturally decaying tones of various lengths, assembling sounds from percussions to plucking. As filters self-oscillate easier at higher cutoff, Q compensation is implemented, to balance pinging behaviors at different pitches.
- Intuitive Playability: Essential controls unveil the complex synthesizer patch hidden within, respond musically to your playing. Control layout is in symmetric, follows natural hand position with comfortable spacing. All control components are of light action and silky smooth. As the signals from filters generate pulses and modulations, the Q controls become playful and interactive.
- Chaos: With multiple feedback and cross modulation paths, Wing Pinger operates according to the principles of chaos theory. All parameters except volume are interactive, future outputs are related to the current state as well as parameter settings.
- Tonal Patterning: Be chaotic at will, you don’t miss the expressions from melodies. Wing Pinger is capable of generating pentatonic patterns from its carefully weighted STEP modulation. With practice, you can play noise or melody at will.
- External Sound Processing: Process stereo or dual mono signals through the filters, add spice to the tone, generate movements with special Wing Pinger modulations.
- CV / Gate: Wing Pinger talks to modular synthesizers via Banana jacks. Use TRIGGER outputs to sync external synthesizers to filter pings. STEP outputs are weighted mixes from shift registers.