Mengi Qi has updated its fascinating stereo resonator Synthesizer Wingie to Mk2 with a new aluminum case and new user interface.
Meng Qi’s lovely Wingie Synthesizer made it onto the best experimental Synthesizer releases list last year (2021). It is a portable stereo resonator reacting to the environment with unique, complex sounds.
Wingie has grown up and has become a more mature instruments in the new MK2 version.
Meng Qi Wingie Mk2
Like in the Mk1 version, it allows you to interact with the sounds captured with the two built-in microphones. If you uses voices, Wingie Mk2 reacts to these with beautiful complex harmonies. You can also play it as a percussive instrument and create acoustic feedbacks with your speakers.
It resonates with the world, meaning everything it captures is transformed into complex textures. Then, it has a stereo line input to work with the rest of your arsenal. The new Wingie Mk2 is a visual, and a usability upgrade. It now comes in an aluminum case which makes it look more stylish and like a handheld device.
Meng Qi also adds a MIDI input via 3.5mm TRS jack and raise the playability experience with a new user interface with 3 switches, 26 buttons, 3 sliders, and 2 RGB LEDs that indicates the current mode.The new keyboard buttons are a big improvement over the first version, which was significantly smaller before.
Wingie features three primary controls: mix, volume and the resonator decay that ranges from .15 to 10 seconds. The engine offers four distinct modes: bar, string, special, and poly. Each mode interacts with incoming sound in its own unique way, highlighting and picking out timbres and harmonics.
Connection side, there is also a USB-C port on the back for power and data transfer including updates. Not to forget, the Wingie Mk2 software is hackable.
Here a lovely demo of the Wingie version 1.
I am very pleased that Meng Qi has revised the Wingie and upgrade it to a true handheld instrument for sonic explorers. The Mk2 version is more expensive but also offers more and a better playbility.
Meng Qi Wingie Mk2 is available soon and is ready for pre-order for 175€. For example, you can get it from Schneidersladen.
More information here: Meng Qi