The Red Sound Dark Star – “The Internet’s Most Reviled Synthesizer”


Audio Cookbook’s John Keston let us know about a post he’s put up sharing his thoughts on “The Internet’s Most Reviled Synthesizer”, the Red Sound Dark Star.

He writes:

Despite a glowing review from Sound on Sound on arrival, the instrument didn’t quite take off and was discontinued, along with its younger sibling the DarkStar XP2, after just a few years in production.

Even more curious than that is the amount of vitriol amassed for the DarkStar on forums all over the web. I could go on, but suffice it to say that “piece of shit” was among the milder comments.

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Bleep Labs Intros Thingamagoop 3000 Synthesizer + ‘Noise Friend’

Thingamagoop-3000-front-angleBleep Labs has introduced the Thingamagoop 3000 – a light controlled synthesizer, effect and ‘noise friend’.

Simple controls give you access to rich and diverse sounds, from simple square and triangles waves to complex FM laser battles.


  • 16bit, 44kHz Audio in and out
  • MIDI in and out via the included 1/8? dongles.
  • USB for reprogramming and MIDI.
  • Programmable CV in and out.
  • Built in speaker.
  • Black, powdercoated aluminum enclosure with milled eyeball.
  • 9v battery or USB powered
  • Choose from 4 LED and 8 front plate colors

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Goldilocks Analogue Combines Arduino With Audio I/O, Is ‘Just Right’ For Music Projects


Reader Phillip Stevens let us know about a Kickstarter project he’s running to develop a new Arduino, just right for audio projects, Goldilocks Analogue. 

Arduino is an open-source computer platform, designed for creating microcontroller-based devices. The goal of the Goldilocks Analogue is to bring sophisticated analog and audio input, output, and storage capability to the Arduino environment.

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