OP·A – A Multitimbral FM Synthesizer Shield for Arduino


Developer Frédéric Meslin has announced a Kickstarter project to develop the OP-A, a multi-timbral FM synthesizer Arduino Shield.

The Arduino is popular open-hardware microprocessor platform. A Shield is essentially a PCB that plugs into an Arduino and gives it new features.

The OP·A is an FM synthesizer shield for Arduino, that Meslin says is “great for chiptune music, custom instruments and art setups”.

Here’s the official project video: Continue reading

Synthrotek West Coast Noise System Sound Demo

Synthrotek shared this sound demo of their new West Coast Noise System – an all-in-one Eurorack modular system, inspired by classic ‘West Coast Synthesis’.

“The amount of insanity you can create from so few modules is incredible,” according to Synthrotek.  “It’s analog drums, 8 bit crunch and noise married to a sequencer.” Continue reading

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synth Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Alba Ecstasy, demos his patch library for the Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesizer.

“If you think as I did, before putting my hands on a OP-1, that this is an expensive toy, you’re right only about the price,” he notes. “Because OP-1 is nothing but a monster synth inside of a small case.” Continue reading

Techno On A Buchla Music Easel

Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via Peter Maas, captures a synth jam, Chicago Love, that explores using the Buchla Music Easel in a context in which it’s rarely heard – old school technoContinue reading

Zephyr Hybrid Synthesizer Sneak Preview

This video offers an audio sneak preview of the upcoming Zephyr Hybrid Synthesizer – described as ‘the best of the digital and analog worlds’.

According to the developer, the Zephyr-1 brings you the flexibility of digitally controlled synthesizers, combined with the ‘warm sound from the analog multimode filters on each voice’.

And it has no fixed modulation paths – you can connect any modulation source to any of the modulation destinations.  Continue reading