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Synesthesia Announces Mandala 2.0

January 8, 2008

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Synesthesia Corporation has announced the Mandala 2.0 High-Def Drum & Synthesizer ($349). This USB-connected drum pad emulates a variety of acoustic instruments, including drums, harp, guitar, piano, and marimba, from its 4 GB sound library. You play the Mandala as you would a typical drum pad, using drum sticks to trigger the sounds. According to the manufacturer, the Mandala's surface detects 128 strike positions and Velocities, and allows you to map up to 7 zones per pad. See examples of Mandala here.

Mandala 2.0 is scheduled to ship in February 2008, and orders are being taken now on a first-come, first-served basis. Users who have already received Mandala 2.0 can download applicable software updates at And for complete details about Mandala, visit

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