Folktek Resonant Garden Is An Acoustic-Electronic Hybrid Instrument For Soundscapes

The Resonant Garden from Folktek is an acoustic-electronic hybrid instrument that generates sounds like an acoustic instrument that are then manipulated by the effects processors.

Folktek instruments are difficult to describe. They combine unique visual aesthetics with equally unusual ways of making sound. The end result is something that sounds somewhat magical and brings soundscapes to your sound design / music projects you'd struggle to find from other sources.

We just found out via our friends at SynthAnatomy Folktek have announced the latest instrument in their garden series, Resonant Garden. Videos are coming later this week. In the meantime, feast upon the visuals and spec of this leftfield-looking (and sounding) instrument.

"The Resonant Garden is an acoustic-electronic hybrid designed to create anything from beats and oddities to dense sound scapes. From its inception in 2006, the original garden has gone through many changes and refinements; micro garden, luminist garden and illuminist garden and finally this latest and likely final version.

The garden essentially utilizes three Alter circuits but each equipped with a mic pre-amp, and 4 garden (stringed) panels for generating acoustics. By plucking, rubbing, tapping or even bowing, those micro-acoustic sounds become amplified and effected by the Alter in any number of ways. In essence, the garden is a large microphone designed to pick up vibrations.

Create sounds by plucking, rubbing, tapping or bowing.


There are two Alter 1 designs and 1 Alter 2. Each Alter 1 has seven different DSP effects which is selected by touching the copper hexagon:

  • long delay (capable of near infinite feedback looping)
  • tight, notated granular delay
  • huge plate reverb
  • shimmering reverb
  • distortion
  • multi-filter
  • pitch delay
  • stutter glitch

Alter 2 has the following effects

  • analog delay
  • reverb with infinite capture and lp + hp filters
  • choral reverb
  • palindrome reverse delay – backward/forward repeat
  • tme stretch
  • pitch shift (notated semi-tones
  • time stretch glitch


  • On each of the Alter sections, the following is present:
  • control for the gain of the mic pre-amp or any incoming audio.
  • controls for mix, X, Y and filter as well as clock.
  • all effects have a variation of a filter which may change effect to effect.
  • X and Y control various rates.
  • clock control adjusts the rate which controls the DSP which can drastically change the effect. In doing so it does slightly lower the quality of the output signal but the results are fantastic. This clock is not for synchronization.
  • mix, X, Y and filter all have CV control inputs. 
  • Each control level or cv input is visualized on the control panel.


Each garden panel is equipped with a contact mic. A contact mic is designed to pick up vibration. The mic pre-amp is specifically designed to deal with the frequencies of the contact mic by boosting certain frequencies and dulling others in order to optimize the sound quality. The mic pre-amp has a gain control so the level can be adjusted according to how you intend to play.

[Via: SynthAnatomy]

Price: $999

Availability: Shipping is estimated to be in 6-8 weeks


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