Mutable Instruments has announced the Ambika – a new DIY polyphonic synthesizer. Translucent, polyphonic, DIY and even a bit sexy – the Ambika will allow for six voices. It can be configured so that all of the voices have the same synth design or with unique synth designs on a per-channel basis. “It’s huge,” they note,… Read More Mutable Instruments Ambika – A Translucent Polyphonic DIY Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)
Tom Whitwell, creator of the Music Thing blog, has introduced an interesting synth DIY project, the Music Thing Random Sequencer: The Random Sequencer is a circuit that produces clocked randomly changing control voltages. These can also be locked into loops that repeat every 8, 16 or 32 steps. This is an open hardware project –… Read More The Music Thing Random Sequencer (Synth DIY Project)
Hacker & Commodore 64 expert Jeri Ellsworth wowed visitors to the Bay Area Maker Faire with her Commodore 64 Bass Guitar. Ellsworth noted via Twitter that it uses the SID chip and is based on an FPGA – a re-implementation of the Commodore-64 computer using reconfigurable logic chips. See the video below for an overview of… Read More Jeri Ellsworth & Her Commodore 64 Bass Guitar Thing
Brooklyn-based musician, Nick Demopoulos, sits down with Rebecca Ambrose to talk about his DIY MIDI guitar thing – The Smomid. Demopoulos plays it at bars and venues around the Brooklyn and New York area.
Hex Inverter – a new source for synth DIY projects – has launched their online store and released the sympleSEQ – an inexpensive step sequencer project. Here’s their announcement: As such, sympleSEQ PCBs and component kits are now in stock and ready to ship from my cavernous laboratory. Please note that minimal and full component sets are quite… Read More DIY 8-Step Music Sequencer
Brian McNamara’s StyloBuzz is a DIY synth kit that provides you with the components and instructions that you need to build a small handheld styus synth. The StyloBuzz synth is played with a stylus attached to a wire. When the wire touches one of the keyboard pads on the PCB a note is played. Main Controls:… Read More The StyloBuzz Synth Kit
MIDIbox SEQ V4 Lite (in short: MBSEQV4L) is a new “MIDI sequence looper” which lets you create a sequence and then apply various MIDI effects to spice up the original recording, in real time. When a new sequence is entered, loaded or stored from/on a SD Card, MIDI effects are added, etc. It will always… Read More MIDIBox Seq V4 Lite – DIY MIDI Sequencer Now Available
Hack Me Electronics has announced that that the Rockit synthesizer – a DIY 8-bit synthesizer project – is ready for launch: The PCBs have arrived. I built Rockit #1 and it worked the first time I powered it up. It just doesn’t get any better than that! I’m getting ready with shipping materials (not sure… Read More Rocket 8-Bit Synth Ready For Launch