First take: the 1010Music tangerine compact streaming sampler

1010Music have released a line of colorful nanoboxes: razzmatazz drum sequencer (pink), fireball polyphonic wavetable synth (red), lemondrop polyphonic granular midi synth (yellow) and tangerine compact streaming sampler.

Per the Sand, software and sound blog, all of the nanoboxes share the same 1.5″ x 3.75″ x 3″ form factor, have a touch display, two encoders and four buttons. They sip power through the USB-C port.

Even though the industrial design looks “Fisher Price”, the build is robust. The plastic case is sturdy, the encoders have a fair bit of resistance and the buttons feel solid. I would worry a lit bit about dinging up the display in a gig bag, so a little love and care is advised. 1010Music have a battery case on the way to enclose and power a nanobox. ($69 USD)

The 1010Music tangerine is the latest and I found its spec irresistible. The tangerine is a stereo sampler supporting both sequencing and multi-sampling. Functionally, the tangerine is like Samplerobot in a tiny box! When connected to an external synth, module, whatever, it will capture a range of notes and will do so at different velocity levels (max 16 levels). Poly is 24 stereo notes when samples fit into the 64 MByte internal memory; poly is eight when streaming large samples from a microSD card.

See the whole review in the post here.

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