This is the Dato DUO — an instrument for making electronic music together. You don't have to be an experienced musician: we designed the DUO to be enjoyed by kids aged 3 to 99 and up — that includes you!
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This side is the synthesizer. Generate and sculpt gritty, bold or soft sounds. You play with filters and add effects such as a bitcrusher and accent. And add beats!
Loop eight notes on the sequencer side. Compose a melody using the keyboard — flashy lights indicate which tone is playing. You can randomize the sequence, speed up and pitch up and down.
Wonderfully accessible and lots of fun for pros and beginners alike.
DUO at Sonar+D, Barcelona
DUO at ADE 2016, Amsterdam
The DUO grows along with your skill. As you expand your studio, you can connect other instruments like Volcas and Pocket Operators or hook it up to your modular synth. The DUO has MIDI in and out, SYNC in and out and a 3.5mm headphone/line out.
We chose the parameters and ranges of the DUO carefully — it's hard to do anything wrong. And while the DUO might not have as many features as other instruments, the range of sounds you can create is huge!
David Menting and Toon Welling are both parents, designers and synth enthousiasts. It was their wish to play synthesizers together with their kids. The Dato DUO started its life in a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016.
All DUOs are hand assembled in our factory in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
It looks incredible, the concept and execution are fantastic, and its potential as a tool for teaching basic synthesis to young children is huge