Gadget Geek: RareBeasts Handmade Instruments

Hand-built synthesizers, drum machines, and noise loopers
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Brian McNamara, the musician and inventor behind RareBeasts synths, wanted to design simple instruments that anyone could pick up and play. His collection of synths, drum machines, and noise loopers range from Theremin-style light-controlled instruments to circuit-bent synths crafted with recycled circuit boards; they feature ultra-simple controls and are housed in gorgeous chassis, often built from wood. Prices start around $100;