Stop all the clocks: someone has created the world’s first Synthwatch

Wrist-based wearable tech has come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, and many of us now own a smartwatch of some description. However, Audioweld wants muscians to ditch their step-counting, heart-rate-monitoring, notification-delivering devices and try something different: the Synthwatch.

This, as its name suggests, is a synth in a watch - in fact, it’s billed as the word’s first wristwatch synthesizer, a claim that we’re not going to contest. Remarkably, it actually houses a mini musical keyboard; despite their tiny size, the keys are said to be designed for “every finger size”. Of course, this being a watch, the device can tell the time as well: a retro-looking digital display sits above the keyboard.

If you’re wondering about durability, rest assured that the Synthwatch has a titanium case and is rain-resistant. As well as being able to play it standalone - the main purpose of the watch is real-time jamming when you’re out and about - you can also connect the Synthwatch to a mobile app that offers additional functionality such as sequencing, effects and acesss to more than 200 sounds. The USB charging cable also has a 3.5mm audio output on it so you can connect the device up to speakers, an amp or anything else.

Whether the Synthwatch will capture the mood of the music-making times remains to be seen, but we’ve got a certain admiration for the fact that its creators have put two years of work into creating it. They’re currently seeking financial help on Kickstarter, where a pledge of €450 will secure you a Synthwatch in April 2019 - providing the £67,382 funding target is reached, that is. We’ll be watching the total as the clock ticks down.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.