Otona no Kagaku Kit #39 Review


(Image taken from the Otona no Kagaku site for review purposes only.)

Otona no Kagaku Kit #39, the Updated Pinhole Planetarium. 3,500 Yen ($35 USD), Released 07/25/13.

Kit #39 is pretty much like the original kit, #9. So, if you have the first one, is there really a need to get the second? Probably not. But, if you don’t have a planetarium right now, #39 is worth getting. Improvements include a more detailed star map, the options for picking the northern or southern hemispheres, a smaller lamp bulb that puts the projected starfield into higher focus, a motor mechanism that rotates the planetarium once every 15 minutes, and an auto-off circuit so you can fall asleep with the lamp on and still not run through batteries really fast. This kit is also a little easier to build because the dome sheets aren’t so stiff and brittle.


(Full kit, right out of the box.)

In essence, a planetarium is just a set of photographic plates with a light source, for projecting images of the night sky onto the walls of the room, or a screen of some kind. The more elaborate systems contain multiple lenses, motor control, and the option of selecting parts of the sky to project. The only real science here involves pin holes, the ratio of the illumination filament length to the pin hole size, and distance from source to pin hole to projection screen. To get the right kind of lamp, Gakken went to a small shop and commissioned the production of custom-built bulbs specifically for this kit (which arguably is a problem when you need to buy a replacement).


(Assembled motorized base. A thumb screw at the hinge point lets you adjust the dome angle to simulate the view of the sky from your latitude more realistically.)

The kit is assembled in two parts – the motorized base, and the dome. The base is pretty straightforward, except when it comes time to screw the circuit board in place. The battery wires are short, and there’s a push button switch at one corner of the painted-side of the board. Also, one corner of the base has a triangular part that acts as the on-off switch piece. You need to orient the board so that the switch is under the triangular on-off piece. It’s pretty obvious if you try to match up the base and the circuit board before plugging the wire connectors in place. The wiring jacks have “Battery”, “Motor” and “Lamp” stenciled in English, which helps a lot. (The lamp wires are yellow and blue. The motor wires and battery are both red and black, but the connectors are different shapes. When you plug in the motor, make sure the red wire aligns with the “+” of the connector. Be careful, because when you put the circuit board in place in the base, you can’t see the stenciling.)


(Fully assembled dome, with the base plate facing to the left.)

The dome is made up of 5 of the 6 supplied sheets. You get the northern hemisphere if you use sheet 1, and the southern hemisphere with sheet 4. One side of each sheet will look duller than the other – it has a thin protective layer that you peel off at the end of construction, and represents the outer surface of the dome. For the sheets with 3 panels, pre-crease the panel fold lines away from the dull side. Then, pre-crease the tab fold lines toward the dull side. It also helps to pre-plan how you’re going to attach the sheets to each other, so that the “A” tab on one sheet aligns with “A” on the other; “B” with “B”; and so on. Put the double-sided tape near the fold line on the tab (you’re going to trim the tab excess with a scissors, and you’ll want as much tape holding the tabs together as you can get). Put tape on all the tabs at one time, this will make assembling the dome easier later. Make sure you leave the paper on the tape, with one end partly removed and folded over, then pull the paper off carefully one tab at a time as you address each panel individually. When the dome is fully assembled, look at the plastic base support. There’s a really small notch on the edge of the collar cylinder piece. Make sure that notch aligns with the tab labeled “4” on the dome. Finish the dome by putting the black “V” tape pieces at the edges of all the tabs to seal the corners to prevent light from leaking out, and trim the tabs to a length of 4-5 mm with a scissors. The notch on the dome base collar aligns with a small triangle arrow on the motor assembly column.

Suggested assembly time is 90 minutes, and it took me closer to 2 and a half hours because of all the taping. You’ll need a small Phillips screwdriver and scissors for assembly. The kit uses 2 C-cell batteries. The power switch has three settings: Lamp Only; Lamp and Motor; Off.


(With the dome mounted on the motorized base. Reminds me of a dog with a funnel collar around its neck. The actual planetarium looks much better than the picture.)

The mook cover features singer/actress/fashion designer Tomoe Shinohara in the Planetarium Bar in Ginza. The first article is a photo gallery of astronomy pictures from various photographers. This is followed by an interview between Tomoe and planetarium designer Takayuki Ohira (of Megastar Corp.) There’s 10 pages on the design and manufacture of the bulb used in the kit, with photos of the different manufacturing steps. We then get more star photos, and instructions on how to prepare for an evening of star gazing, apparently sponsored by Vixen Optics, a manufacturer of telescopes and binoculars. There’s 10 pages on an amateur rocketry club and the successful launch of their low-cost, 250-pound rocket. One other article is entitled “4 Puzzles About the Constellations” (one of which is how the main stars in Perseus have been moving apart from each other over the last 2,000+ years, so what we see is different from what the Greeks saw).


(Underside of the base. The plug connected to the right side of the circuit board is for the motor. Note that if you reverse the wires to the circuit board, the globe will rotate backwards. The mook doesn’t say anything about what the S2 pads are for.)

Suggested kit mods include making a light-sensitive “theremin” harp to accompany the star projections; adding a small slide projector to show the moon along with the star map; and creating a tent from an umbrella and hanging the planetarium kit inside as a personal IMAX theater. The one article on hobby projects is on a guy hand-making his own tank. A new section consists of 5 astronomy puzzles (like locating the big dipper from the kit’s star map and finding certain constellations at certain times of the year). Finally, we get another of Yoshitoo Asari’s Science Manga chapters, this one on how astronomers can tell what the Milky Way looks like, given that we’re sitting inside it.

The kit’s lamp isn’t all that bright, so you have to be in a pretty dark space, or wait until the sun goes down, to be able to see the projections on the walls of a room. But it is really pretty, and the motor lets you see the constellations rising and falling, if you want. It is a fun kit to build and it’s great for anyone wanting to start out as a star gazer. The pictures in the mook aren’t as interesting this time, but I do like Asari’s manga, so that’s a plus.

Next up:

Kit #40, the miniature special effects camera. This is going to be a webcam with a special lens designed for filming your own miniature movie sets. Expected out in September, 2013. No suggested price.

 

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Otona no Kagaku Newsletter, #155


The editors start out by saying that the Pinhole Planetarium, kit #9, came out in 2005, and broke the 50,000 unit sales mark. 8 years later, Gakken has decided to update it with the Real Star. It seems to be pretty popular with the editorial staff. The new kit comes out on July 25th in stores around Japan (2-3 days later for people in Kyushu).

1) The New Version of the Pinhole Planetarium, with a July 25th Release date.
There’s a drinking place in Tokyo’s Ginza district called the Planetarium Bar, where you can drink sake under the lights projected by a Mega Star Zero unit. So, the cover picture for the kit, and the feature article for the mook are going to be about Planetarium Bar. The newsletter then asks “why do a reissue like this?” The chief editor replies as follows:

a) Increased star detail in the Milky Way projection.
b) Use of a special small filament bulb that’s made in Japan.
c) You can choose to built the kit with the northern or southern sky maps.
d) Extra quiet drive motor for making the map rotate once every 15 minutes.
e) Kit has an auto power-off feature.

The rest of the section just talks about the various articles in the magazine, which you can see for yourself at the Otona no Kagaku site.

Youtube video

2) Interview with Editor-in-Chief Nishimura.
Nishimura talks about the development of the pinhole planetarium. The first part of the interview is in the newsletter. The rest is to be carried online.

3) 3331 Arts Chiyoda events
3331 Arts Chiyoda is kind of an arts collective located in an old junior high school a little north of Akihabara, in Tokyo. From July to September, they’re going to hold a series of workshops on making entomopters, plus they’ll have a talk by the rocketry club (Opensky 3.0).

4) Now taking preorders on Manga Science volume 14
In 1987, Gakken started publishing a serialized magazine called “Manga Science” aimed at 5th graders. Previously, the serialized articles were collected into 13 volumes. Gakken has decided to release volume 14 this August. It will be A5 sized, 208 pages, 820 yen, and released under the Nora Comics brand.
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My comments:

I’d written before about how Gakken took down the links to their Facebook page and the designer’s blog from the main Otona no Kagaku site. Well, both the FB page and the blog still exist, they just seem to have gotten a little harder to find (and the blog hasn’t had activity since May).

Facebook page
Blog

Flip Clock


Finally got around to videoing the Flip Clock with the Japanino attached. As I mentioned before, the artwork on the animation was deliberately left crude because I was more interested in just getting the sketch to read the number of motor pulses and interpreting the time based on the pulse count. If the need ever arises, I’ll go back and redo the art. With the current low-rez, low color count images, there’s easily room for ten 2-frame animations in the Japanino’s program memory.

Youtube page.

80 Famous People – Robert Capa


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Endre Friedmann was born in 1913 in Budapest, Hungary, and left for Germany at age 18 to find work. He started at a small news publisher as a writer, but was given a few photography assignments, and he decided to concentrate on becoming a photo journalist. Being Jewish, things got difficult during the rise of the Nazi party, so he changed his name to Robert Capa (Capa = “shark”, which was his nickname in school) to look more American. His first assignment was to photograph Leon Trotsky during a speech in Copenhagen in 1932. He went on to become one of the world’s greatest war photographers, covering the Spanish civil war, the conflicts between China and Japan, WW II, a trip with writer John Steinbeck, and a tour of the newly-founded country of Israel. He cofounded Magnum Photos in 1947 and became its president in 1951. He was asked to go on assignment to southeast Asia for Life magazine to cover the First Indochina War. In 1954, while traveling with a French regiment in Vietnam, he accidentally stepped on a landmine and died shortly after, at age 40.


(Ken Wolf discovers that his mother is stalking sheep. One of her minions is crushed to learn that she has a kid already.)

The intro manga has Ken Oogami telling Mami that he’s joined the school’s newspaper club as a photographer. Merrino overhears this and tells the wolfboy that he has a big scoop – as the prince of the Sheep planet, he’s being stalked by a violent enemy group. Ken excitedly asks “where and when?” Merrino says “here and now”, as the Wolfpack gang jumps out of the bushes behind them. The leader sees Ken and calls out a retreat. Back at their hideout, the others ask why she ran away this time, and she refuses to answer. Then, there’s the clicking of a camera as the leader is taking off her mask, and Ken yells out “Mom!” His mother explains that the people on the Wolf Planet have to eat, too, but Ken refuses to accept this. In the wrap-up, Merrino rejects the photos of the unmasked stalker gang, saying that the story is too boring. Ken goes into a rage and Merrino accidentally takes his picture, which gets accepted by the newspaper as being really scary. Finally, Mami, Youichi, Merrino and Mohea tell Mami’s mother that Ken has run away from home, so is it ok for him to stay with them? (She happily answers “yes”.)


(Hemingway tells Capa to continue working, following the death of Gerda.)

The main manga is by Shinobu Takayama (Amatsuki, Arcana, Mr. Morning). The character designs have a rough, edgy look that are in keeping with people that hang out in battle zones. The backgrounds are occasionally detailed (such as when Capa is in a bar with Hemingway), but generally they’re left blurred and minimalistic. Overall, the art actually contributes to the story this time.

The manga starts out with Capa in Vietnam, stepping on a landmine and getting blown up. The scene switches to a group of kids playing with a camera. The narrator introduces herself as Eva Beshunia. She was 12 when she moved to a new neighborhood with her family. Her parents had given her a Kodak Brownie camera, and when she met Endre, the two of them became very interested in photography together. Endre moves to Germany and gets a job at Defoto News Agency, where he gets sent to Copenhagen to take photos of Trotsky giving a speech. This was Endre’s debut as a photo journalist, and the camera he used was a Leica 35mm because it was small enough to hide in his jacket while snapping pictures. Later, as Hitler gained power, the growing pressure against Jews caused Endre to move to Paris, where he met fellow refugee Gerda Pohorylle. He’d asked permission to take her picture, and her shared interest in cameras led them to working as a team on the battlefields. To help sell his news photos, the two of them created a fictional photographer named Robert Capa (Capa was partly selected because it sounded like the American film director, Frank Capra). When the truth finally came out, Endre ended up becoming Robert Capa himself, while Gerda changed her name to Gerda Taro.

They go to Spain, where Capa snaps “The Falling Soldier”. In 1937, while Gerda was covering the Spanish Civil War on her own, the car she was riding was struck by a tank and the injuries she received proved fatal. Capa is then spotted in a bar with Ernest Hemingway. Capa is deep in despair and wants to give up photography altogether. Hemingway states that the two of them are similar, in that the reason they visit battle fields is to tell the stories of the people there, including not only the blood, death and fear, but also the joy and humanity. Thus bolstered, Capa picks the camera back up, covering WW II, and other conflicts, as well as co-founding Magnum Photos. But it all ends with that landmine. The woman leaves and the kids wonder who she was, as the manga shows a close-up of a signed photo of Gerda Taro.

The textbook section goes into deeper detail on Capa’s life and professional career. There are several of his more famous photos, including the last one he took in Vietnam. Sidebars discuss his love of gambling with the troops he embedded with, the rise of Hitler, the creation of the Robert Capa character, the fact that when he visited Japan he refused to photograph Mt. Fuji, and his friendship with Hemingway and his affair with Ingrid Bergman. The last two pages discuss other groundbreaking photo journalists, including Margaret Bourke-White and Kyouichi Sawada. Plus, there are sidebars on Joseph Pulitzer (Pulitzer Prize) and Oscar Bernack the German engineer that designed the Leica camera.

Comments: Overall, this is a pretty good issue. It’s not just an attempt to glamorize Capa or to vilify war. One section specifically deals with the controversy over the authenticity of “The Falling Soldier”, but the bulk of his remaining work attests to his skills as a photo journalist. Recommended.

80 Famous People – Howard Carter


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We’re back with the 80 Famous People series, this time it’s Howard Carter, the Brit who discovered Tutankhamun’s (King Tut) burial site in 1922. According to the wiki entry, Carter was born in London in 1874, but was raised in Norfolk, probably because of ill health. His father was an artist, and he encouraged Howard to draw as well. At age 17, Howard was attached to the Egypt Exploration Fund to assist in excavations and to document the various tomb decorations (required because still film photography was an emerging and expensive technology at the time; George Eastman had just created his film process in 1888, replacing the use of glass plates). Carter worked on several sites, and was appointed as the first chief inspector of the Egyptian Antiquities Service in 1899. An incident involving a group of French tourists and Egyptian site guards resulted in his resigning in 1905. He was reduced to selling paintings on the street for 3 years before a friend introduced him to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, George Herbert. Herbert had been an explorer and sportsman until he was severely injured in a car accident. He was sent to Egypt to recover his health and he wanted to hire someone to do some excavating for him. Carter agreed and suggested that they look for the rumored tomb of Tutankhamun. They spent 5 years looking in the Valley of Kings before Carnarvon threatened to cut the funding for the work. Carter talked him into extending the support for one more year, and finally located the tomb in 1922 (work was suspended for 3 years due to WW I). All of the royalties from the discoveries went to Herbert. Carter worked on cataloging the thousands of items found until 1932, after which he retired from archeology and became a part-time agent for collectors and museums. He died of lymphoma at age 65 in 1939.


(Finding the cursed box.)

The intro manga has Merrino discovering a strangely decorated metal tin in a park, and Daichi claims that according to one of the school legends, there’s supposed to be a haunted box nearby. Youichi hesitates to open it because he’s afraid of the curse, then he drops the box and the cover pops off to reveal a dessicated frog. In the wrap-up, Youichi’s mother arrives from shopping, and reminds the kids that they’d buried a time capsule a few years ago. Daichi and Utako are relieved to find their toys and hair accessories inside, and Youichi suddenly remembers that he’d stuck his live pet frog, Mopy, in the box. A little later, Merrino finds another box, this one dripping with evil wards and a black cloud.


(Getting permission to work the Valley of Kings, and picking the first test dig site.)

The main manga is by Konatsu Uraji (Machikou!, Momokon Teacher), who had worked on mook #5 on Mozart. The art on this mook is pretty good regarding the backgrounds and treasures. Unfortunately, Carter, who had been in his 40’s during the period portrayed in the story, is drawn as being no more than 20 here. Most of the characters look nothing like their photos.

The story starts with Carter, age 17, working for Flinders Petrie and excitedly finding a buried box that turns out to be one of the local people’s lunch. Petrie tells the boy about Tutankhamun, and reassures him that archeology is all about not giving up. We jump to 1907, when Carter is reduced to selling drawings on the street. An unnamed friend comes up and gives him the name of someone that’s looking for an archeologist. Carter jumps at the paper and ends up interviewing with the Earl of Carnarvon. They agree to look for King Tut’s tomb, but that’s believed to be located in the Valley of Kings, and at the moment, the American Theodore Davis has the contract with the Egyptian government to excavate there. Carter and Carnarvon explore elsewhere, biding their time.

Finally, after working the site for 7 years, Davis gives up and returns his contract to Egypt. The government official in charge tries to talk Carter out of looking for Tut’s tomb, citing all the previous failures, but Carter is insistent. With the new contract, Carter first tries one specific location that only yields the remains of some small building walls. They go to Davis’ site, and after 5 years, Carnarvon’s health fails and he decides to pull his funding because of the huge expenses amassed so far. Carter demands one more chance and forfeits his rights to anything they find in the future. Carnarvon agrees, and his daughter, Evelyn, pleads with Howard to find the tomb for her ailing father’s sake. That night, Carter begs Tut to give him a sign. He remembers Petrie’s words about returning to where you started and to resume digging. The next day he goes back to where he uncovered the ruined walls. Soon, he finds a sealed entrance with stairs to an underground passage. Carter wires London to have Carnarvon join him in Egypt. With the Earl and Evelyn standing with him, Carter makes a small exploratory hole in the wall at the end of the passage. Looking in the hole by candle light, he makes his famous quote when the Earl asks him what he sees, saying “Wondrous things”. The story ends with Carter finally opening Tut’s tomb and greeting the long-forgotten king.


(Textbook section.)

The textbook section focuses heavily on Carter’s time in Egypt and his work with the Egyptian Antiquities Service. There are sidebars on Petrie, Carnarvon, and the speculated reason why Tut’s name had been removed from the List of Kings. There’s a mention of the shock Carter got when Davis prematurely announced that he’d found Tut’s tomb. One article claims that the current English spelling for Tut’s name came from the romaji spelling when it was rendered into Japanese and then back to English. Another section claims that while Carter apparently was attracted to Evelyn, their differences in family positions prevented him from marrying her. The last two pages include a floor map of the tomb with descriptions of some of the items found, plus partial instructions for how to turn corpses into mummies.


(The postcards.)

Comments: Overall, this is a very informative volume, and the artwork isn’t all that distracting. The main manga is as shlocky as most of the other mooks in the series, but that’s to be expected because it’s aimed at children. The textbook section is more complete, and better than the English wiki article. Recommended.

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The 80 Famous People series seems to be winding down, and so far there’s been no announcement I’ve seen about extending it again. The remaining featured names are Robert Capa (Hungarian combat photographer), Confucius, Oscar Shindler (Shindler’s List fame), John D. Rockefeller, Hideo Noguchi (Japanese bacteriologist), Clara Schumann (Pianist) and Neil Armstrong. I intend to get the mooks for Noguchi and Armstrong, and I’m tempted to also pick up Capa and Confucius.  We’ll see.

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On the Gakken Otono no Kagaku, front, Gakken has officially announced the release date for the next adult science kit (the updated pinhole planetarium) as July 25th. Interestingly, though, it seems that they’ve taken down their Facebook page and their developer’s blog. This really limits the amount of information coming out of the company to primarily just the newsletters (which usually get released a few days before the numbered kits come out). I’m particularly annoyed by this because I was planning to post a link to my video of the Japanino + Flip Clock to their FB page after I finished it. Sigh.

Gakken Korg DS-10+ Book, Revisited


I reviewed the Korg DS-10+ Perfect Guide back in March. Since then, I’ve mostly been playing other video games, reading manga and messing with the Japanino mod for the Gakken flip clock. But, occasionally, I’d sit down with the Korg DS-10+ and plug in a few of the suggested patches from the Perfect Guide. There’s 100 voices and combinations in the book, and I often find myself spending an hour making tweaks to see what the results will be, so I might only go through 10 voices in one night.

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The DS-10+ has an amazing amount of power and complexity for something that runs on the Gameboy DS. Not only are there 2 synthesizers that run simultaneously, but there’s also the drum synth, special effects for all three, a mixer, sequencers for all three, a keyboard entry method, a Kaoss pad entry method, and settings screens to automate various Kaoss pad parameters in conjunction with the sequencers. The sequences are only 4 bars long, so loops are too short to stand on their own. Instead, what works fairly well is to run the sequencer and then change the Edit or Patch settings interactively. The only real drawback to doing this on the DS is that you can only change one knob at a time (as opposed to a real hardware synth where you can modify as many knobs simultaneously as you have hands). Also, as I mentioned in the previous review, the touch screen doesn’t always recognize the stylus, so I sometimes have to tap the screen several times to get a note to play from the keyboard, or to get a knob to change.

Regarding the voices from the Perfect Guide – the DS-10+ game controls present a lot of variation in effects with just small changes in knob position. What this means is that if the Perfect Guide says that the voice is for a trumpet, what you get may not even sound close. And that’s because the settings you use on the DS aren’t exactly the same as in the pictures in the book. There’s a lot of tweaking involved to make the voices sound right. It’s a great way to really understand what each of the controls do, but it is frustrating if you just want to focus on song writing.

The Perfect Guide patches break up into several broad categories – basics, lead, backing instruments, drum and special effects. There are a couple short sections between chapters that demonstrate how to change Kaoss pad sequencer settings, or how to pick different kinds of musical keys. Many of the patches seem to have been lifted from other Korg synths, such as the Tom Tom and the helicopter voices. There are also some patches to mimic Perfume’s Polyrhythm album. I’m not really sure how many patches could be said to be unique to the DS-10+ for this book.

And that’s one thing about synthesizers. A basic ADSR synth is going to have pretty much the same features no matter who designs it. There will be 1 or 2 audio frequency oscillators, each with 3-4 waveforms (squarewave, triangle, sawtooth, reverse sawtooth), cutoff, peak resonance, the ADSR generator, a low frequency oscillator (LFO) with another 3-4 waveforms, and a patch panel to connect the LFO to pitch in, OSC2 pitch in, cutoff in, and VCA in (volume control). Other synths may have a few more oscillator waveforms, one or two more oscillators, and additions to the ADSR (attack 2, sustain 2, release 2, invert) but they don’t let you create all-new unique sounds. Meaning that once you get a particular voice for one synth, you can pretty much duplicate it on every other synth on the market that has the same features. That is, you’re not going to find patches in the DS-10+ Perfect Guide that are one-of-a-kind. There’s a feeling that most of the sounds are lifted from other products. This is good in that you can now make these sounds yourself on the DS-10+, but since the only way to get music out of the DS and onto a CD is via the headphone jack, if you’re a professional musician you may find yourself asking whether you shouldn’t be investing $400-$800 on a commercial hardware synth specifically designed to be part of a studio system.

Voice Creator Category
Strings Ensemble Denji Sano
Guitar-like Solo Michio Okayama
M-Lead Yasunori Mitsuda
Electrobass Tomoaki Kanamori Perfume
Kira Kira Arpeggio Tomoaki Kanamori Perfume
Polyrhythm Vocal Tomoaki Kanamori Perfume
Gorgeous Synth Pad Tomoaki Kanamori Perfume
CTO Erepi (Electric Piano) Polymoog
Sitar 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Basics
Agogo 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Basics
Mouth Flute 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Lead
Trumpet 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Lead
Tenor Sax mryat Lead
Distortion Cutting mryat Lead
Noisy Ethnic Lead L-eye Lead
Trans Lead Suttoko-Dokkoy Lead
Bottle Attack Lead Koishistyle Lead
Ethnic PM Voice ヨナオケイシ (Yonao Keishi) Lead
Tibet Khoomii Cardiac Trance Lead
Funk Brass Lead Koishistyle Lead
Legend Technopop Lead Gospely Lead
Ethnic Glass Lead natto21 Lead
Wao Lead 夜間 (Yakan) Lead
Modulation Bass mryat Lead
Percussive Electro Bass Denkitribe Lead
Wood Bass ガリバトコビッツ (Gulliver Toko Beats) Lead
Glide Bass TuKuRu Lead
Double Attack Base Gospely Lead
Acid Bass Cardiac Trance Lead
Distorted Bass Drum ヨナオケイシ (Yonao Keishi) Lead
Infinite Organ 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Lead
FM Clavinet 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Harpsicord 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Strings 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Analog AOR Horn 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Resonate LFO Sequence Suttoko-Dokkoy Back
Distortion Guitar Cord ヨナオケイシ (Yonao Keishi) Back
Unbent Horn 夜間 (Yakan) Back
MS Sequence 夜間 (Yakan) Back
Synth Glass Cardiac Trance Back
Percussive Sequence Cardiac Trance Back
Loud Noise Sequence 怖音 (Scary Sounds) Back
Chip Tune Sequence Koishistyle Back
Distortion Sweep Pad Denkitribe Back
Carimba-style Sequence Denkitribe Back
Modulation Sequence Denkitribe Back
Brass Strings Pad TuKuRu Back
Synth Strings TuKuRu Back
Chime Sequence TuKuRu Back
Marimba 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Sawtooth Pad TuKuRu Back
Banjo ガリバトコビッツ (Gulliver Toko Beats) Back
Sweep Sequence Gospely Back
Chord Tone 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Back
Tight Kick Suttoko-Dokkoy Drums
Gaba Kick Suttoko-Dokkoy Drums
Pop Keyboard Kick Denkitribe Drums
Fat Kick 無限軌道 (Flat track Caterpillar) Drums
Hard Snare 夜間 (Yakan) Drums
Fat Snare ガリバトコビッツ (Gulliver Toko Beats) Drums
Piccolo Snare Koishistyle Drums
Gun Shot Snare Koishistyle Drums
Technopop Tight Snare natto21 Drums
Pop Keyboard Snare Denkitribe Drums
MS Synth Snare Denkitribe Drums
32HH (High Hat?) 夜間 (Yakan) Drums
808HH Koishistyle Drums
KRPHH Denkitribe Drums
Pop Keyboard HH Denkitribe Drums
Real High Hat 無限軌道 (Flat track Caterpillar) Drums
Steel Pan 夜間 (Yakan) Drums
FC Clap Suttoko-Dokkoy Drums
Noisy Percussion ヨナオケイシ (Yonao Keishi) Drums
Djenbe (African drum) Cardiac Trance Drums
Wooden Clappers natto21 Drums
80’s Electric Drum natto21 Drums
Noisy Clap TuKuRu Drums
808 Tom Denkitribe Drums
3-way Percussion L-eye Drums
Snare / High Hat 孫娘 (Granddaughter) Drums
Kick / Rimshot 孫娘 (Granddaughter) Drums
Papipupe Voice 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Drums
Horse Hooves 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Effects
Boiling Soup 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Effects
Like a Cold Wintry Wind 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Effects
Helicopter 高橋信之 (Nobuyuki Takahashi) Sound Effects
Thunder mryat Sound Effects
Explosion Suttoko-Dokkoy Sound Effects
Heartbeat Cardiac Trance Sound Effects
Ground Rumbling 怖音 (Scary Sounds) Sound Effects
Cosmic SE Koishistyle Sound Effects
Electronic Computer Room natto21 Sound Effects
Chime natto21 Sound Effects
Kitty Voice TuKuRu Sound Effects
Ambient Noise 無限軌道 (Flat track Caterpillar) Sound Effects
Drone L-eye Sound Effects
Live Oak Hit ヨナオケイシ (Yonao Keishi) Sound Effects
Jingle Gospely Sound Effects
Robot Scramble OIE Sound Effects
8-bit Race Game Tac03 Sound Effects

A few of the voice creators are well-known, successful musicians. I’ll include the links to their pages in the next post. Not all of the creators come up in a google search.