Shbobo, co-founded by Peter Blasser and Steve Korn, began as an experiment to explore whether analog circuitry from Ciat-Lonbarde could be translated into a digital format. The endeavor resulted in the creation of the SHNTH, a programmable touch synth.

The SHNTH features an ARM Cortex 32 bit processor. It connects via USB (7-foot cable included) to host computer (windows, linux, or macintosh) which may read its squish data, or program the standalone synthesizer in the computer music language, SHLISP (or FISH and is downloadable for free from Blasser's gitmo hub). A switch enables internal batteries; electronic sounds go out a stereo-mini jack. Its body is made of wood. It is held in both hands: four bars and nine buttons on top are triggered by your thumbs and two woven wire antennae below respond to the slightest touch of your fingertips. It can also modify a stereo input. There are red light indicators visible through holes in the wooden bars.

This particular instrument was made by a well-recorded EDM artist (whose name I would rather not drop) at a workshop supervised by SHBOBO co-founder Steve Korn. Steve is a friend of mine, but even after a couple of very patient tutorial sessions, I never got as proficient as I would like with his software to keep it in my battery of tools. I hate letting it go. I'll be a little embarrassed when my friends find out I've sold it, but I'm in need of money, and apparently these things are hard to find.

Study some of the online resources before you buy it. You will, as I did, learn about its operational idiosyncrasies...To do an "Orange Light" make sure the shnth is toggled off battery power (toggle left), then hold down the tare button while plugging in the USB. You will see the orange light come on. Now try to re-upload a 'safe' situation. After upload, release tare button and unplug USB...then either turn on battery (toggle right) or re-plug in the USB without holding tare button. Orange light will now be off.

I am asking for exactly twice what I paid for it.


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