Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via reader Ville Aho, aka Electronic Melodist, explores the idea of multitracking to create epic ensemble effects.
The fanfare intro to his instrumental, Athlete, features multiple tracks played on his custom MonotrOndes.
“It’s shocking how similar my playing looks in those different windows,” notes Aho. “But if you look carefully, you notice that every window is a different performance.
Those subtle differences in pitch and timing make that beautiful ensemble sound.”
The MonotrOndes is a DIY synth, built around the Korg Monotron. See Aho’s site for details on the DIY build.
The littleBits + Korg Synth Kit has been one of the hottest synth news stories this week. The Synth Kit is a collection of audio modules, inspired by circuits from some of Korg’s synths, that can be snapped together to make musical instruments.
When we first reported on the littleBits Synth Kit, readers flooded the site with comments and questions. So we contacted littleBits and, with the help of Paul Rothman (littleBits Product Development), we’ve got answers to your questions, audio demos, video previews and more: Continue reading
It’s turning out to be an interesting week for modular synths. First, littleBits introduced the Korg Synth Kit – a set of basic snap-together analog synth modules.
Now developer Sebastian Heinz has introduced Patchblocks – hardware modules that you can program with your Mac or Windows computer.
Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading
Touch Board is a DIY toolkit designed for letting you use the world around you as a sensor.
Touch Board lets you connect anything conductive to one of its 12 electrodes and trigger a sound via its onboard MP3 player, play a MIDI note or do anything else that you might do with an Arduino or Arduino-compatible device.
It’s being developed via a Kickstarter project that is already fully funded. Here’s a video intro: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a synth jam by reader Rene Splinter that features the relatively rare STEIM Kraakdoos (or Cracklebox) with more traditional synthesizers.
The video begins with a demo of the Kraakdoos by Splinter. His track, Modern Ruins, starts at about 3:34. Continue reading
The Terpstra Keyboard is a new hexagonal keyboard controller design, that offers 280 color-changing continuous controllers.
The Terpstra, like other hexagonal keyboard designs, is not intended to replace traditional keyboards, but to introduce new ways to understand and play music, based on the underlying relationships of musical notes and the physics of sound:
- When used with a traditional 12-tone even-tempered scale, the Terpstra arranges notes so that chords and scales are played the same in every key.
- The Terpstra Keyboard has been built with Xen (Microtonality) in mind. It has enough keys to do practically any layout.