Arduino Piggyback Synthesizer A Hackable Analog Synth

Tasty Chips Electronics’ Arduino Piggyback Synthesizer (aka the “Piggy”) is an analog synthesizer shield for the Arduino (Uno, Nano, etc).

The Arduino is an open-source electronics ‘brain’, designed to be an easy-to-use platform for building interctive projects.

Arduino ‘shields’ are boards that can be plugged into an Arduino, extending the device’s capabilities. There are already many electronic music devices based on the Arduino platform, including the Ardcore synth module, the Open Theremin, the miniAtmegatron, the LinnStrument and the Synthino.    Continue reading

Open Theremin Project An Open Source DIY Theremin

open-thereminThe Open Theremin is an open source hardware and software project, with the aim is of building a next-generation, DIY theremin.

Two Open Theremin designs are available:

  • The Open.Theremin.UNO is a full Arduino-based theremin that offers both audio and control voltage outputs.
  • The Open.Theremin.RC is a more basic one-antenna (pitch) design.

The project is documented under a creative commons license. Continue reading

Synthino XM Polyphonic MIDI Synthesizer & Groovebox


Minneapolis-based DIY kit makers, Michael Krumpus (nootropic design) and Alex Dyba (GetLoFi) have announced Synthino XM – a new synthesizer that’s being produced via a KickStarter project.

Synthino XM is a 5-note polyphonic synthesizer, with 4-track sequencer.

Here’s a video intro to the project: Continue reading

Roger Linn Bringing LinnStrument To 2015 NAMM Show


Developer Roger Linn will be displaying the recently-released LinnStrument electronic music controller instrument at the 2015 NAMM Show.

Here’s a preview, via reader Geert Bevin, who helped develop the open source firmware that runs the LinnStrument: Continue reading