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Title: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: persia on May 24, 2012, 06:40:53 PM
(http://cdn.cnet.com.au/story_media/339338519/commodore-keytar_1.jpg)

Keytars used to be cool. Then they were lame. Now they're cool again, thanks to Jeri Ellsworth and her Commodore 64 bass guitar.

The unique instrument debuted at the Bay Area Maker Faire over the weekend. It's essentially a bass guitar grafted onto a Commodore 64, creating an unholy alliance between the thudding bottom end of a rock song and the raw retro power of an iconic computer.

The computer part isn't just for decoration; the original Commodore 64 sound chip handles all of the audio processing. Both the keys and the strings trigger sounds through a portable amp. The wave forms can be changed at the push of a button.

Ellsworth has a long history with Commodore 64 hacking. She last popped up on CNET in 2004 with a Commodore 64 emulator filled with 30 video games. The whole kit was built in to a joystick.

Check out the video below to see the keytar in action (warning: spectacular moustache ahead). Ellsworth busts out some "Sunshine of Your Love" licks, but I would like to personally make a request for Spinal Tap's bass opus "Big Bottom".

http://www.cnet.com.au/commodore-64-bass-guitar-revenge-of-the-keytar-339338519.htm (http://www.cnet.com.au/commodore-64-bass-guitar-revenge-of-the-keytar-339338519.htm)
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: commodorejohn on May 24, 2012, 06:52:34 PM
Oh man, want. Do "Tempus Fugit!"
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: RobertB on May 24, 2012, 08:15:52 PM
Sweet!

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://videocam.net.au/fcug
Commodore Vegas Expo v8
http://www.portcommodore.com/commvex
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: Bif on May 24, 2012, 08:44:53 PM
That's pretty creative/cool.
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: paul1981 on May 24, 2012, 09:15:09 PM
She's sexy hell as well. Damn!

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:knuddel:
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: persia on July 13, 2012, 03:03:27 PM
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Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: XDelusion on July 13, 2012, 07:48:04 PM
Quote from: commodorejohn;694182
Oh man, want. Do "Tempus Fugit!"


Ha, no doubt!!! :)
Title: Re: Commodore 64 bass guitar: revenge of the keytar!
Post by: XDelusion on July 13, 2012, 07:48:43 PM
Quote from: paul1981;694201
She's sexy hell as well. Damn!

(If you're reading this, please contact me)
:knuddel:


Sadly she does not swing that way. Shame hugh? :)