Bleep Labs’ BleepDrum In LittleBits BitLab Vote

LittleBits Electronics recently debuted their bitLab where users, prototypers, and designers can submit their idea for what the company should manufacture next.

LittleBits eCommerce Manager Phil DeGisi explains, “If the module gets enough votes from our community, we review it, and in many cases will manufacture it. If we manufacture it, the module designer gets 10% of the revenue. We like to say that it’s the app store for hardware.”

One bitLab submission that may be of particular interest to Synthtopia readers is The Bleep Drum by Austin, Texas-based Bleep Labs.

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Big Black Delta and Akai Pro Rhythm Wolf

Jonathan Bates, aka Big Black Delta, talks about how he uses the Akai Professional Rhythm Wolf sounds, pads, and sequencer in his work.

Bates calls the Rhythm Wolf “a cool departure for Akai,” his “new favorite little box:”

“People aren’t using presets anymore; it’s all about starting from scratch as far as sound design. It used to be sample-based and now it’s more like, ‘I’m starting with a square wave’, and where do I go from there?”

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