Canadian electronics company Blipsonic and Berlin-based website Create Digital Music have introduced their latest joint venture, the MeeBlip anode – a compact bass synth, complete with an analog filter.
The anode is a hybrid analogue/digital instrument, featuring digital pulse oscillators with pulse width control – based on those found in the original MeeBlip – alongside a three-stage envelope, a LFO and an all-analogue filter with resonance control.
As with the original MeeBlip, the anode is open source, and users are encouraged to learn from and experiment with its code and circuits. The anode comes fully pre-assembled, however, and is ready for use straight out the box.
According to its developers, the MeeBlip anode is “capable of producing a range of uniquely aggressive, bass-heavy sounds.”
Does it deliver? Check out these audio demos and let us know what you think:
MeeBlip anode specs:
- 4″x4″ compact case.
- Hands-on control via full-sized knobs and switches.
- Dual digital pulse oscillators, derived from the original MeeBlip.
- An original, all-analog filter with resonance. (It’s a new Twin-T VCF, designed especially to be aggressive for bass sounds.)
- Variable pulse width, plus a pulse width sweep.
- Three-stage envelope controls (Attack knob / Decay knob / Sustain switch).
- Wide detune range for tuning harmonic intervals, plus an octave switch for dropping an oscillator deeper into bass territory
- LFO, tuned for great-sounding results, which can be routed to pitch or filter.
- MIDI input via standard MIDI DIN port.
- MIDI control of all parameters, with the exception of (analog) filter resonance.
- 1/8″ audio output.
- North American or European/UK power adapter included.
- Fully open source hardware, released under a GPLv3 and Creative Commons BY-SA license. Modify the firmware if you choose via the onboard hack port; browse or fork at http://github.com/meeblip
The MeeBlip anode is available to pre-order at a discounted price now, and is due to ship at the start of 2014. The synth is priced at $129.95/129.95 Euro/£109.95. Ordering before 3 Dec using the code THANKSGIVING will gain an additional discount of $20/20Euro/£15.