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Musical Toys That Ended Up on Pro Records
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Musical Toys That Ended Up on Pro Records

Despite having access to studios full of the world’s best instruments and outboard gear, sometimes musicians want to get a little… playful. In these moments, instead of a Minimoog or a Fender Stratocaster, they’ll reach for a toy. We don’t mean the kind of low-cost instruments that some people deride as "just toys," no, we mean actual children’s toys—the kind you can buy at your local toy store.Get more news about music instrument toy producer,you can vist our website!

The world of recorded music is surprisingly packed with performances played on toys, from the kind you’d expect like kazoos and toy pianos to more esoteric affair like optical-disc organs and even a yodeling pickle.

Let’s take a look at some of the songs and albums that wouldn’t be the same without the inclusion of a toy. We’ll highlight both toy-instruments and children''s toys that just happen to make sound.For a band carrying the reputation of futuristic synth cyborgs, the members of Kraftwerk were surprisingly fond of toy instruments.

Originally sold as a children''s toy during peak disco frenzy in 1978, the Mattel Bee Gees Rhythm Machine was a mini keyboard and drum machine, featuring a single instrument sound (a pulse wave) and three rhythms. No prizes for correctly guessing disco is one of them.

Mattel Synsonics
The same company that gave us the Bee Gees Rhythm Machine created the Synsonics—a Simmons-style electronic drum instrument with a built-in sequencer.

First released to toy stores in 1981, it had four pads and six sounds: two toms (one tunable for disco flair), a fizzy snare, cymbal, closed hi-hat, and a kick. While Kraftwerk is rumored to have used one, there doesn’t seem to be hard evidence that they did. However, the techno duo Deardrums makes extensive use of one on their song "Aquila."
Micro Jammers Toy Guitar
Musicians have a lot of different reasons for using toys on their records. Unique sounds, for sure. Fun to play? Definitely. Frustration? If you’re Donna Sparks from L7, you bet.

While recording "Drama" for The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum, Sparks was hitting a wall, so she reached for a tiny Micro Jammers toy guitar for the solo. When asked why by Rolling Stone, she said, "It was out of complete frustration, like, ‘Fuck it, I can’t play these riffs, let the Micro Jammers do it for $1.99.’"

Jimi Hendrix pushed the boundaries of rock in many ways, from incorporating feedback into his playing to working with effects like the Shin-ei Uni-Vibe. But one aspect of his artistry that is often overlooked is his skill with a kazoo.

On "Crosstown Traffic" from 1968’s superb Electric Ladyland, Hendrix doubled up his guitar with a kazoo—but not just any kazoo. Hendrix put tissue paper against a comb and rolled his own, so to speak.
Whirly Tube
"Whirly tube" is a generic term for a chromatic, sound-making toy that occasionally pops up in songs. It''s essentially a plastic tube that makes a pleasing sound when you whirl it around, hence the name. Twirling it faster creates a higher pitch; slower makes a lower pitch.

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