It’s a niche company, but Critter and Guitari was a big name during the portable synth renaissance, and back in 2016 it released its flagship instrument, the Organelle. Now, it’s had a pretty significant upgrade.

What’s really exciting, though, is that it’s now driven by a Raspberry Pi, instead of the original solid run i.MX6. This isn’t a mysterious device powered by obscure components, but rather a digital synth with a pretty active community of musicians building custom patches for it — the sort of thing Korg is probably hoping for with its digital oscillators on the Prologue and Minilogue XD. Get the Organelle M for $595 from critterandguiatri.com.

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