As I mentioned above (re: skinny vs. original recipe), I really like how Dinky’s Taiko was designed in that it seems to keep you locked in usable sounds, but also has a wide range of tones and textures. I was learning about precision adders, offsets and whatnot today so I reread the Taiko manual.
It’s a brief treatise but the takeaway I wanted to share is that it seems like what opens up the percussive timbral range are very boring simple logic functions made parametric.
Once you have a look at the manual you will see what I mean. I had no idea it had so many waveforms (24). But by doing that and giving you control over start and end, there is a sense in which it is locked, but it also makes it alluringly shapable. There are other details you will see, where it is it clear that some smart engineering went down.
- Also, instead of pocket vs. home edition, we may well think of ‘theoretical’ vs. ‘applied’ designs, or ‘research’ vs. ‘performance’ modules. Then it is no longer a size metaphor, but a use metaphor.