Pretty soon, I will play bass synth for one of my band Bengale. Until now, I was only playing guitar bass, not synth. Now, the sounds of the coming soon album need some synthetic waves. No worries, I play synthes for my other band Reverence so it won’t be hard.
But what I did not want not lose in Bengale, is the ability to play standing up, in front of the crown. I dont want to sit down to play my new parts. That is why I thought about a new way to play my parts and it came with the form of the Keytar.

THE DIYWOODEN KEYTAR

My favorite method to make something out of wood is first to draw something on a paper with the maximum informations and then use my tools to make it alive.
That time, I could not draw something cool. Nothing came into my mind. So I looked behind me, to my wasted wood and thought that I could try to improvise something.

My synth is pretty small, it’s actually an usb controller very useful that will be plugged to my Mac. I wanted to be able to place it or remove it in a second if I want to change the config during the show.
Here is the prototype just to get the feeling of the keytar.

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Then came some very funny steps…

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After that, it was time to add some color with a dark varnish. And in the same time, I varnished my desk too !

Finally my Keytar is looking like that.

I used doors locker to attach my keyboard. It is very convenient, fun, but also pretty cheap !

Now, I would like to add some midi straps on the neck to be able to control pitch and modulation but I could not find any solution on the internet. If you have an idea about that, you’re more than welcome to tell me about it !