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.
Bleep Labs has announced the Thingamagoop 2x, which they say will be the final run of the Thingamagoop 2 synthesizer.
It will be available to order August 21st to September 22nd. After that, no more Thingamagoop 2s will be built. Continue reading
Bleep Labs has released the Bleep Drum + MIDI, a new version of their Bleep Drum module, with full MIDI control.
Now you can trigger the four samples, toggle noise and reverse modes, as well as change the pitch of all four samples with any device that can send MIDI.
Retrofit kits are also available to upgrade any previous Bleep or Dam Drum. Continue reading
Bleep Labs has released the Bleep Drum – a $60 DIY drum machine kit.
The Bleep Drum is an Arduino based ‘lo-fi rad-fi drum machine’, designed by Dr. Bleep. It’s designed to be a standalone device, but has a step input for the sequencer and individual trigger inputs available on the board. Continue reading
Stones Throw, Dam-Funk and Bleep Labs have introduced the Dam Drum 2 – a handheld drum machine & sequencer.
Dam-Drum is a collaboration with Dam and Bleep Labs, who designed and built the drum in Austin, Texas.
Version 2.0 features four new drum sounds – three based on the Roland R70 and a pitchable bass tone modeled after a Juno 106 – with new buttons and a matte circuit board.
Like the Dam-Drum version 1, released summer 2012, this version is handmade and limited edition. ??Includes a case and function controls instruction sheet. Requires a 9 volt battery (not included). Continue reading
Bleep Labs has introduced the new Hard Soft Synth 3jb, a audio + video synthesizer.
The HSS3jb features 15 modes of audio/video excellence, each with 4-5 variables of control. There are also 8 video only modes designed for use with the trigger and audio inputs. An adjustable analog filter keeps everything smooth (or as gnarly as you’d like).
Here’s a video demo of the Hard Soft Synth 3jb:
Saturday Synth Porn: Travis Chen, aka Aristomatic on Etsy, built a Bleep Labs Thingamakit built into an original Nintendo R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy).
The synthesizer’s light sensors are built into the eyes and the LEDS are mounted to look like R.O.B.’s antennas. All buttons and switches are mounted at the base of the R.O.B.
It has an on board speaker, is powered by a 9 volt battery also has a 1/4″ plug in the base.
Unfortunately – it already sold.
Neon Indian created this video to introduce the new PAL198X – a custom synth that was created in cahoots with weapons manufacturer and boutique synth maker Bleep Labs.
Filmed at the Static Tongues Amplidrome Facility, Arctic Circle, Earth.
I don’t know what the **** I just saw, but I think I need one of these things. Continue reading