$100 hardware analogue synth now available

If a Stylophone doesn't quite do it for you, the new SK-150 Mark II Analogue Synthesizer (an update to the Gakken analogue synth that was released a few years ago) might just be the pen-controlled instrument to light up your Christmas.

Featuring 10 tweakable parameters and a four-octave range, this cheeky little synth also comes with a keyboard overlay so that you can be more exact with your playing.

It's available now from ThinkGeek for $99.99. Check out a demo video above and the specs below.

ThinkGeek's SK-150 Mark II Analogue Synthesizer specs

  • Fully-functional analog synthesizer, ready to help you rock the world
  • Four octave range
  • Achieve vibrato, tremolo, and "wah" effect with VCF and LFO buttons.
  • 10 Parameters to control: cutoff, resonance, attack, decay, pitch ENV, LFO wave, LFO rate, LFO depth, VCF modulation, and LFO modulation
  • Tuneable to play nice with other instruments
  • Line in and line out (standard 3.5mm headphone jack size) to expand your synth voice
  • Batteries: 4 AA (not included)
  • Dimensions: approx. 6.5" x 4.75" x 1.5"

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