What Sold you on the Tenori-On?

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What Sold you on the Tenori-On?

Post by Jaspo » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:10 am

What sold me was this demo video. In retrospect the internal sounds are weak, but the demo is still impressive.

Side note: I just subscribed to his Youtube channel and it looks like he has gone Eurorack with Elektron. Holy shit! his stuff is good.

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Post by ritchiedrums » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:15 am

Honestly,
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Post by Kent » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:08 am

Seemed awesome and I worked for Yamaha at the time, so...

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Post by flx » Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:24 am

The sequencer! Before, I just used the MPC, which is also great but a different style. The Tenori just lends itself much better for on-the-fly sequence changes and short, snappy sequences. I usually use it to sequence the 303 clone and modular. The rest is controlled by the MPC.
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Post by Luap » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:25 am

I love quirky things and music + instruments. Oh, and Blinken lightz! The Tenori-on ticked every single one of those boxes, so I had to have one!
I also particularly like unusual sequencers. Which is just as well as the built in sounds are so-so.. But it does indeed make for a very cool and unique sequencer.

Its the trippiest bit of gear I have! Bravo to Yamaha for making it real.. The big companies almost never delve into boutique gear, so the Tenori-on is a cool exception to the norm.

PS, And thanks to Mr Muff for giving us a Tenori-On forum :tu:

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Post by 10011001 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 7:38 pm

it called out to me - no matter what bad things people said about it, I figured they were wrong and just didn't get it. I knew I had to have one.

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Post by rafe127 » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:42 pm

What sold me on it was the extreme ease of changing loop lengths.

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Post by mckenic » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:37 pm

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Post by colossal » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:11 am

The device just looks amazing but I couldn't justify the money, tnr-i is a no brainier.

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Post by radicalone » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:35 pm

Different musical interface with interesting sounds drew me to the Tenori-On. Have 2 units now and becomes an integral part of rhythm programming for me. There are lots of ideas around improving the Tenori-On, but it has many good features to quickly build grooves and beats, including the repeat functions divisible by beat value. Very useful function.
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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Thu Feb 27, 2014 10:52 pm

radicalone wrote:including the repeat functions divisible by beat value. Very useful function.
Which function are you referring to exactly? Beat division in (almost) all layer modes? It's really cool although I'd like it to only be applied from beginning of bar 1, that would be amazing. It's difficult to be precise enough to always change the division on time. But you can always use the restart shortcut to get things in line if it fails. :hihi:
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Post by pantalones » Mon May 19, 2014 5:29 pm

What sold me on the tenori-on was the original vision before it was distorted by Yamaha.

I saw it at SIGGRAPH05 demoed by Toshio Iwai himself, tethered to a yamaha sampler. it was amazing and i wanted it



Still kind of bummed that it fizzled out but not enough to sell mine yet.

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Post by was silents » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:38 pm

Just wanted to chime in to this thread for my first post. For me it was the overall aesthetic merit of the Tenori-On that sold me. It is a unique and well designed object that is also an instrument. I find it satisfying to hear, see, touch and use. The Tenori On reminds me of Bang and Olufsen stereo equipment. They may not be the best at what they do , but they do it beautifully.

By the way, I have the TNR-W. I do not feel as positively about the aesthetics of the TNR-O or ipad versions.

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Post by Paranormal Patroler » Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:31 pm

Actually it's a Don Hertzfelt reference. Search for Rejected Cartoons on Youtube. Enjoy and welcome!
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Post by was silents » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:45 am

Paranormal Patroler wrote:Actually it's a Don Hertzfelt reference. Search for Rejected Cartoons on Youtube. Enjoy and welcome!
Ha! OK, I get it now. That was fun! Yaaayy!

Thanks!

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Post by Kafgee » Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:05 pm

Electroplankton and using it in bed :bananaguitar:

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Post by Quiggers » Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:27 pm

I wanted a mobile music making device and I fell for the marketing.

The static sounds and fixed velocity no control sequencer have put this in the life lesson category.

But at least I didn't buy google glass. :omg:

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Re: SIGGRAPH

Post by ersatzplanet » Sun Dec 28, 2014 4:19 pm

pantalones wrote:What sold me on the tenori-on was the original vision before it was distorted by Yamaha.

I saw it at SIGGRAPH05 demoed by Toshio Iwai himself, tethered to a yamaha sampler. it was amazing and i wanted it



Still kind of bummed that it fizzled out but not enough to sell mine yet.
What did Yamaha do to distort it? The on in the linked video looks and seems to act like mine but has orange LEDs instead of white. Did they change the OS or something?
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Post by garstyciuks » Sun May 03, 2015 2:10 am

Atom TM playing it and Tobor Experiment (

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