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rarebeasts

Electronic experimental sound art synth instruments

Canberra, Australia · 189 Sales

rarebeasts

Electronic experimental sound art synth instruments

Canberra, Australia 189 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(48)

Announcement   At RareBeasts we build the synth instruments we love to play.
You will find unique electronic musical instruments, synthesizers, drum and noise loopers and other custom electronics, all items are 100% designed and handmade by me. Recycled materials are used when available and practical. Custom orders are most welcome.

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 30, 2015

At RareBeasts we build the synth instruments we love to play.
You will find unique electronic musical instruments, synthesizers, drum and noise loopers and other custom electronics, all items are 100% designed and handmade by me. Recycled materials are used when available and practical. Custom orders are most welcome.

Brian McNamara

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Brian McNamara

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(48)
russkulls

russkulls on Oct 1, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome! Thanks for the cable and everything!

kristensutcliffe1

kristensutcliffe1 on Oct 27, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Arrived so quickly. This was a present for my musician husband & he loves it.

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Updates

This is the Beat Destructor and it makes a very unique range of drum patterns all experimental.

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The Kepler 9d circuit bend synth, this is a one of a kind instrument.

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Kepler 9d circuit bent synth
$300.00
I built one last Wicks Looper acid mix today. I'm happy with the new front panel labelling system.

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Wicks Looper Acid Mix handmade synth loops
$110.00
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About

This is the synth you are looking for.

Apart from creating and selling things on Etsy I also contribute articles to a magazine called Make, often writing how-to articles about products from my Etsy store. Because I work from home it allows me time to look after my two kids (we get to make lots of cool projects) and I also play in a band called CupAndBow that makes music using the instruments that I create and build.

I've always liked music and electronics so I find my inspiration from marrying those two interests. I find that many mass produced electronic instruments are too complicated with menu systems forcing you to reach for the instructions every time you want to play, so I wanted to design simple instruments that do one simple task, that anyone could pickup and start playing.

I find inspiration from many places but I do have to give credit to those old electronics kits you could buy, that taught you the basics of electronics. Credit also goes to great sites like makezine.com and instructables.com that have an amazing community of creative people contributing to them.

I've been tinkering and pulling things apart since I was very little but I've only really been designing original instruments since I made a piece for my daughter's 1st birthday called the R-Tronic, it was a simple step sequencer that uses shapes to put sounds into a sequence that makes up a little song.

Sometimes a new design will come from a need to make a certain sound or find a new way to play an instrument, for example my Wicks Looper allows you puts sounds into a loop using a rotary control rather then a sequence of button presses. But sometimes its just a matter of playing around with new circuits and finding that crazy sound completely by accident.

I hope in the future I'll still be making new instrument designs and I hope to expand my production of electronics kits that will teach a new generation about how to make their own products and have fun making music with electronics at the same time.

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  • Brian McNamara

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    My name is Brian and my Etsy store is Rarebeasts. I'm an inventor, musician, and gadget freak that builds hand held electronic musical instruments that are so simple that anyone can play them.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 16, 2013
Welcome Rarebeasts, our philosophy is to make quality, reliable products that work as described for years and years. So please send us email or convo with any questions about our products.
We are here to help, and no question is too crazy, so test us out.

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Payment
Payment is through PayPal, but If you don't have an account, you can still pay using a debit or credit card!
Shipping
-Shipping-
All items are shipped within 2 business days by Australia post. Unfortunately tracking is not standard with Australia Post, please contact me for a quote.

-Customs-
Sadly I cannot accept responsibility for any customs charges on international shipping. Please research your country's customs laws before purchasing an item.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not happy with your item please contact us within 14 days for a refund. The item must be returned in original condition, and the refund will be minus shipping and handling charges.
Sorry no refunds on custom orders.

Please contact us with any problems you have with an order, we are here to help out in any way we can.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are most welcome, please contact me with your requirements.