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Songbird Synesthesia Ocarina of Light (SOL) Review

jordan.1210
Transverse Ocarinist x 4
Transverse Ocarinist x 4
Joined: January 2nd, 2017, 10:33 am

March 16th, 2017, 12:26 am #1

Brand: Songbird Ocarinas

Link: Link

Tuning The SOL is a transverse 10 hole Alto G with a range from G4 to C6.

Features: The SOL comes in a metallic lustre finish. It has 7 translucent orbs in the middle which allows the light to shine though. The SOL responds to each note you play by outputing light in a specific color corresponding to the note: C (G concert pitch) is red, D (A concert pitch) is orange, E (B concert pitch) is yellow, etc. This color scheme follows the rainbow of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and repeats starting at the octave. The flats combine the colors of the notes they are in between so an F# (B concert pitch) would be teal. The SOL is charged with a wireless charger.

Size and Weight: The SOL is very compact for an Alto G ocarina.
It is about 3.25 inches wide and 5.75 inches long. It is about the same size as my Fire SG by STL. The SOL is also pretty light despite the additional electronics and weighs somewhere in between an Alto C and a double Alto C. The extra weight in the center for the electronics inhibit balance.

Ergonomics: The SOL is comfortable for me to play. I have fairly skinny fingers which fall very naturally on the finger holes; however, I don't see anything that would prevent people with larger hands from playing. The finger holes are fairly small, about the size of those on an Alto C. The ocarina is comfortable to play thoughout the range; however, because of its compact size, it might be slightly difficult to balance on the top notes. I didn't find this to be much of an issue.

Extras: This ocarina also came with a padded case, wireless charger, and a songbook/fingering chart.

Summary: I really enjoy playing this ocarina and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The breath requirement is not very strong, stronger than some of mine like my Focalink double Alto C and double Soprano G but nothing close to a Fiehn, similar to my Songbird Dragontooth or Imperial City Triple Bass C. It plays clearly thoughout its range with a slight chiff on the lowest notes C and D and more pure at the top. It also does not require the usage of acute bending for the top notes and can reach the B below the tonic by slightly decreasing your breath. The tone overall is very calming and the addition of a visual element is also fascinating. The color output is very quick with only a minor delay and can also be used as a tuner in some regards.

Information and Purchasing: The SOL is currently only available in a limited production run of about 50 (rough estimate). There have been two sales of 4 on March 1 and 20 on March 10, which was when I bought mine. It was $199 for both of these sales. When I bought mine, I also had a coupon for 10% off. There is one more sale on March 17 of 20 more before the last ocarinas are auctioned. According to Songbird, if these sales go well, which I suspect they have based on them selling out in minutes, they may plan to sell more in the Autumn.

Edit: See Songbird's reply below for an update on future availability.

After buying my ocarina, shipping was very quick. I bought it on Friday and I received in on Monday. (this could have been because I am in San Diego which is about 2 hours from Songbird's shop. Songbird's customer service throughout every step is great.

Video Samples: (keep in mind that I'm not the best player or have a good mic)
Sound Samples

Edit: Mr. Songbird posted a reply below with further clarifications on some of the points that I made here and I suggest checking them out.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have below and I will try to answer them ASAP!
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[+] Current Ocarina Collection (43, 35 excluding 3D printed ones):
-3D printed Sopranino C :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C :pendant:
-3D printed Alto C
-3D printed Alto C Mountain Ocarina clone :inline:
-3D printed Alto C (x2) :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C/G harmony double
-3D printed Alto G
-Dinda Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Disney Animal Kingdom Cup Ocarina
-EWA Soprano B2 (plays in A for some reason, might sell) :oldoc:
-Fiehn Soprano A2 1/2 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto G9 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto F10 (can't really play since my pinky finger is too small) :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto E11 :ocarina:
-Focalink Double Soprano G :double:
-Focalink Double Alto C :double:
-Imperial City Ocarina Soprano Eb :ocarina:
-Imperial City Ocarina Green Triple Bass C :triple:
-MasterTar (etsy) Acorn in F (Soprano F) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in D (Soprano D) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in A (Alto A) :inline:
-Night by Noble Alto C :nobleblack:
-Odami Alto C :ocarina:
-Old Glory Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Rotter Pig Alto G
-Songbird Charm Soprano C :pendant:
-Songbird Raku Pendant 5h Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Teardrop Pendant Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Dodecahedron Soprano D :pendant:
-Songbird Fire Opal Dragontooth Alto C :ocarina:
-Songbird SoL Alto G :ocarina:
-STL Mini Necklace Sopranino E :pendant:
-STL Little Echo Soprano C :ocarina:
-STL Necklace Soprano C :pendant:
-STL Fire Soprano G :ocarina:
-STL Lightning Soprano F :ocarina:
-STL Destiny Alto C (can't really play since it's super uncomfortable, might sell) :ocarina:
-STL Keyed Aria Alto C :aria:
-Tenrai 6h (x2) Pendant soprano A :pendant:
-Tenrai 8h Pendant soprano A (wants to play in B) :pendant:
-WrightOcarinas Alto Bb :ocarina:

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Vendace
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Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:37 pm

March 16th, 2017, 5:01 am #2

Interesting. Seems like a really nice ocarina, but the lights don't seem to perfectly keep up with fast notes. I expected as much, but it only seems to do so on the particularly fast switches. Still jealous of not getting one.
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jordan.1210
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Joined: January 2nd, 2017, 10:33 am

March 16th, 2017, 5:32 am #3

There's still this Friday if you can get the funds!
[+] Current Ocarina Collection (43, 35 excluding 3D printed ones):
-3D printed Sopranino C :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C :pendant:
-3D printed Alto C
-3D printed Alto C Mountain Ocarina clone :inline:
-3D printed Alto C (x2) :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C/G harmony double
-3D printed Alto G
-Dinda Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Disney Animal Kingdom Cup Ocarina
-EWA Soprano B2 (plays in A for some reason, might sell) :oldoc:
-Fiehn Soprano A2 1/2 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto G9 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto F10 (can't really play since my pinky finger is too small) :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto E11 :ocarina:
-Focalink Double Soprano G :double:
-Focalink Double Alto C :double:
-Imperial City Ocarina Soprano Eb :ocarina:
-Imperial City Ocarina Green Triple Bass C :triple:
-MasterTar (etsy) Acorn in F (Soprano F) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in D (Soprano D) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in A (Alto A) :inline:
-Night by Noble Alto C :nobleblack:
-Odami Alto C :ocarina:
-Old Glory Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Rotter Pig Alto G
-Songbird Charm Soprano C :pendant:
-Songbird Raku Pendant 5h Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Teardrop Pendant Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Dodecahedron Soprano D :pendant:
-Songbird Fire Opal Dragontooth Alto C :ocarina:
-Songbird SoL Alto G :ocarina:
-STL Mini Necklace Sopranino E :pendant:
-STL Little Echo Soprano C :ocarina:
-STL Necklace Soprano C :pendant:
-STL Fire Soprano G :ocarina:
-STL Lightning Soprano F :ocarina:
-STL Destiny Alto C (can't really play since it's super uncomfortable, might sell) :ocarina:
-STL Keyed Aria Alto C :aria:
-Tenrai 6h (x2) Pendant soprano A :pendant:
-Tenrai 8h Pendant soprano A (wants to play in B) :pendant:
-WrightOcarinas Alto Bb :ocarina:

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Mystic_Ocarina
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Joined: August 19th, 2012, 7:37 am

March 16th, 2017, 2:01 pm #4

jordan.1210 wrote:Brand: Songbird Ocarinas

Link: Link

Tuning The SOL is a transverse 10 hole Alto G with a range from G4 to C6.

Features: The SOL comes in a metallic lustre finish. It has 7 translucent orbs in the middle which allows the light to shine though. The SOL responds to each note you play by outputing light in a specific color corresponding to the note (C is red, D is orange, E is yellow, etc...). The flats combine the colors of the notes they are in between. The SOL is charged with a wireless charger.

Size and Weight: The SOL is very compact for an Alto G ocarina.
It is about 3.25 inches wide and 5.75 inches long. It is about the same size as my Fire SG by STL. The SOL is also pretty light despite the additional electronics and weighs somewhere in between an Alto C and a double Alto C. The extra weight in the center for the electronics inhibit balance.

Ergonomics: The SOL is comfortable for me to play. I have fairly skinny fingers which fall very naturally on the finger holes; however, I don't see anything that would prevent people with larger hands from playing. The finger holes are fairly small, about the size of those on an Alto C. The ocarina is comfortable to play thoughout the range; however, because of its compact size, it might be slightly difficult to balance on the top notes. I didn't find this to be much of an issue.

Extras: This ocarina also came with a padded case, wireless charger, and a songbook/fingering chart.

Summary: I really enjoy playing this ocarina and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The breath requirement is not very strong, stronger than some of mine like my Focalink double Alto C and double Soprano G but nothing close to a Fiehn, similar to my Songbird Dragontooth or Imperial City Triple Bass C. It plays clearly thoughout its range with a slight chiff on the lowest notes C and D and more pure at the top. It also does not require the usage of acute bending for the top notes and can reach the B below the tonic by slightly decreasing your breath. The tone overall is very calming and the addition of a visual element is also fascinating. The color output is very quick with only a minor delay and can also be used as a tuner in some regards.

Information and Purchasing: The SOL is currently only available in a limited production run of about 50 (rough estimate). There have been two sales of 4 on March 1 and 20 on March 10, which was when I bought mine. It was $199 for both of these sales. When I bought mine, I also had a coupon for 10% off. There is one more sale on March 17 of 20 more before the last ocarinas are auctioned. According to Songbird, if these sales go well, which I suspect they have based on them selling out in minutes, they may plan to sell more in the Autumn.

After buying my ocarina, shipping was very quick. I bought it on Friday and I received in on Monday. (this could have been because I am in San Diego which is about 2 hours from Songbird's shop. Songbird's customer service throughout every step is great.

I will try to include some sound samples soon.

Video Samples: (keep in mind that I'm not the best player or have a good mic)
Sound Samples
Thanks so much for the Review, now at least I can know it sounds good? Because "promotinal videos for this ocarina are "pretty HORRIBLE"
Finally i can see a back of the ocarina yeah! Not bad.
[+] Spoiler
My ocarinas:

Single

Night Ocarina 12 Holes Alto C.

Dragon Tooth from Songbird.

Splatter Soprano 12 Hole from Dreambirth.

Bon Ocarina Soprano 12 Hole. (For Sale/Trade)

Claw Wood Ocarina 10 Holes in Alto G from Fairy Ring Mushroom. (For Sale/Trade)

Zelda 6 holes Extended range from Songbird. (For Sale/Trade)

12 hole Alto F JudahOcarina. (For Sale/Trade)

10 Hole Students Ocarina. (For Sale/Trade)


Multi Chambered

Triple Strawired Focalink (Dolce)

Double Max Range from STL.

Double Dragon Carcass from Dinda.

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Mark Chan
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Joined: August 8th, 2012, 7:10 pm

March 16th, 2017, 2:20 pm #5

Nice! Hoping I can get one tomorrow before it sells out again. It'd be really cool to show off to my flute circle friends.
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Vendace
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Joined: March 27th, 2015, 4:37 pm

March 16th, 2017, 3:23 pm #6

jordan.1210 wrote:There's still this Friday if you can get the funds!
That would be nice, but I'm moving back overseas in a few weeks so my budget is just too tight right now. I just have to hope they go into full production or someone sells one later.
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Kitten Forest
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Joined: May 2nd, 2014, 10:06 pm

March 16th, 2017, 3:33 pm #7

I'm surprised at how small it is. My Focalink AG (currently sold out on Songbird) is a lot longer than my other altos, and is almost the length of my bass A. I look forward to having a smaller alto/tenor range instrument, and it looks really nice! It would be so cool to show to some of the people in my musicology/writing class.
[+] My Ocarinas
:triple: ICO Triple BC
:ocarina: Songbird SoL
:focalinkblue: Focalink plastic AC and SC
:ocarina: Songbird Allegro AC
:pendant: Songbird Seedpod AC
:ocarina: Focalink Strawfire AG
:inline: Hind Harmony Double Tenor F
:OoT: Dreambirth Bass A
:ocarina: Rotter Z Fans (AC and SC)
:OoT: Songbird OoT Kokiri Edition AC
:pendant: Songbird Pokeball AD
:oldoc: Gretsch SG
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jordan.1210
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Joined: January 2nd, 2017, 10:33 am

March 16th, 2017, 3:34 pm #8

I hope both of you have the best Of luck in getting a SOL in the future!
@kitten

I was very surprised at the size too! It's smaller than many of my alto C's, just a bit bigger than my double SG. As a person interested in engineering, I am amazed how they got it to such a small size while retaining the internal volume for it to be an alto G even with the included electronics.
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[+] Current Ocarina Collection (43, 35 excluding 3D printed ones):
-3D printed Sopranino C :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C :pendant:
-3D printed Alto C
-3D printed Alto C Mountain Ocarina clone :inline:
-3D printed Alto C (x2) :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C/G harmony double
-3D printed Alto G
-Dinda Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Disney Animal Kingdom Cup Ocarina
-EWA Soprano B2 (plays in A for some reason, might sell) :oldoc:
-Fiehn Soprano A2 1/2 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto G9 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto F10 (can't really play since my pinky finger is too small) :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto E11 :ocarina:
-Focalink Double Soprano G :double:
-Focalink Double Alto C :double:
-Imperial City Ocarina Soprano Eb :ocarina:
-Imperial City Ocarina Green Triple Bass C :triple:
-MasterTar (etsy) Acorn in F (Soprano F) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in D (Soprano D) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in A (Alto A) :inline:
-Night by Noble Alto C :nobleblack:
-Odami Alto C :ocarina:
-Old Glory Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Rotter Pig Alto G
-Songbird Charm Soprano C :pendant:
-Songbird Raku Pendant 5h Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Teardrop Pendant Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Dodecahedron Soprano D :pendant:
-Songbird Fire Opal Dragontooth Alto C :ocarina:
-Songbird SoL Alto G :ocarina:
-STL Mini Necklace Sopranino E :pendant:
-STL Little Echo Soprano C :ocarina:
-STL Necklace Soprano C :pendant:
-STL Fire Soprano G :ocarina:
-STL Lightning Soprano F :ocarina:
-STL Destiny Alto C (can't really play since it's super uncomfortable, might sell) :ocarina:
-STL Keyed Aria Alto C :aria:
-Tenrai 6h (x2) Pendant soprano A :pendant:
-Tenrai 8h Pendant soprano A (wants to play in B) :pendant:
-WrightOcarinas Alto Bb :ocarina:

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Durian Songbird
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Joined: May 11th, 2008, 10:45 pm

March 17th, 2017, 6:51 am #9

Thank you for the detailed review Jordan. I'd just like to clarify that the color scheme is from the key of G, going up the rainbow spectrum from red. So G is red, A is orange, B is yellow, C is green, D is blue, E is purple, F# is violet, and then back to Red for the octave of G, and then the colors repeat for the higher notes.

Another point is that not only can you reach the F# below the tonic of G by blowing softer, you can tilt down and partially shade the sound hole and easily reach the low E (which would be the A of a 12 hole in C with both subholes covered.)

I was hoping to have more available on the 17th, but that is not going to happen. It will be one more week before I can offer any more up for sale. If any more clarification is desired, I am happy to oblige.

Here is another video demonstration by someone who has synesthesia:
https://instagram.com/p/BRuCQgTjKrT/

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jordan.1210
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Joined: January 2nd, 2017, 10:33 am

March 17th, 2017, 8:56 am #10

I understand the colors as you have described them. I was just describing them in the key of the instrument not concert pitch, but yours is probably easier to understand overall.

I love playing the ocarina and it's quickly becoming one of my favorites. It's also good to know about the low F# down to E. I will have to try that when I have time!

Keep up the great work and good luck in the future with the SOL. I hope sales go well and that you can perhaps make more in the future for those who are unable to get them now or discover them later on.
[+] Current Ocarina Collection (43, 35 excluding 3D printed ones):
-3D printed Sopranino C :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C :pendant:
-3D printed Alto C
-3D printed Alto C Mountain Ocarina clone :inline:
-3D printed Alto C (x2) :ocarina:
-3D printed Alto C/G harmony double
-3D printed Alto G
-Dinda Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Disney Animal Kingdom Cup Ocarina
-EWA Soprano B2 (plays in A for some reason, might sell) :oldoc:
-Fiehn Soprano A2 1/2 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto G9 :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto F10 (can't really play since my pinky finger is too small) :ocarina:
-Fiehn Alto E11 :ocarina:
-Focalink Double Soprano G :double:
-Focalink Double Alto C :double:
-Imperial City Ocarina Soprano Eb :ocarina:
-Imperial City Ocarina Green Triple Bass C :triple:
-MasterTar (etsy) Acorn in F (Soprano F) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in D (Soprano D) :inline:
-MasterTar (etsy) Song of the Sea in A (Alto A) :inline:
-Night by Noble Alto C :nobleblack:
-Odami Alto C :ocarina:
-Old Glory Alto Bb :ocarina:
-Rotter Pig Alto G
-Songbird Charm Soprano C :pendant:
-Songbird Raku Pendant 5h Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Teardrop Pendant Soprano G :pendant:
-Songbird Dodecahedron Soprano D :pendant:
-Songbird Fire Opal Dragontooth Alto C :ocarina:
-Songbird SoL Alto G :ocarina:
-STL Mini Necklace Sopranino E :pendant:
-STL Little Echo Soprano C :ocarina:
-STL Necklace Soprano C :pendant:
-STL Fire Soprano G :ocarina:
-STL Lightning Soprano F :ocarina:
-STL Destiny Alto C (can't really play since it's super uncomfortable, might sell) :ocarina:
-STL Keyed Aria Alto C :aria:
-Tenrai 6h (x2) Pendant soprano A :pendant:
-Tenrai 8h Pendant soprano A (wants to play in B) :pendant:
-WrightOcarinas Alto Bb :ocarina:

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