MeeBlip creators James Grahame and Peter Kirn have introduced the MeeBlip Micro Black – a new DIY version of their open-hardware synthesizer.
Here’s what’s new in the MeeBlip Micro Black:
- A compact, surface-mount design.
- A USB port. MeeBlip micro still has standard DIN MIDI connections, but it adds USB. That means:
- MIDI over USB. You can now connect to a computer without the need for a separate interface. (Class-compliant support means the iPad works, too, via a Camera Connection Kit.)
- Easier programmability, over USB. The USB port also works for modifying MeeBlip micro’s firmware, so you can hack your micro or use firmware updates – no more need for an additional hardware adapter.
- Knobbier than ever. 16:1 multiplexing now lets you add more knobs – you can have one for each parameter and still have knobs left over. It offers direct switch inputs, too.
- No more lost patches. A snapshot save button writes the current patch to memory so that it’s saved when you turn off MeeBlip. You can change the default MIDI receive channel with that button, too.
The MeeBlip Micro Black is expected to be available in May, with a fully assembled board priced at $49.95/49.95 Euro.