MIDI-Controlled Robo-Trombone Blows

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iSax Laboratories shared this demo of their MIDI-controlled robo-trombone, the RoboTrombo Music Machine.

The music robot may not be entirely successful as a MIDI-controlled virtual musician, but it does demonstrate that you don’t need a complex modular synthesizer system in order to make fart noises.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The original idea was to produce a MIDI controlled music machine that could play any song. It was however extremely difficult to control it reliably. When a human trombone player produces a tone it is a combination of lip tension, pressure against the mouthpiece, airflow, air pressure, resonance in the mouth and probably some other variables.

The lip part proved too hard to recreate. The machines will not take over the trombone playing profession any time soon and I’m left with an over-engineered noise machine.”

If you’re wondering how the magic happens, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how the RoboTrombo works. Sex toys are involved:

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Build details are available via hackaday.