New DIY Video Synthesizer, Video Equations


Developer Robert Jordan let us know about a new video synth that he’s developer that uses math to make evolving, ‘tripped out’ patterns.

“The Video Equations system uses the power of mathematics to yield rippling lo-fi seas of colour, acid trip roguelikes, glitching fractals, visions of an 80’s techno dream and worlds of crashing computer programs,” says Jordan. 

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‘SkiniBrute’ Turns Arturia MiniBrute Into A Desktop Synthesizer


GMUSynth Woodworks has introduced ‘SkiniBrute‘ – a wood panel conversion kit that turns the Arturia MiniBrute keyboard into a desktop synth module.

The SkiniBrute mod holds the synth’s panel at an 11.25° angle, providing clear and easy access to the controls. The case’s side panels are modeled after the original MiniBrute design, including the multidimensional slopes and bevels.  Continue reading

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”.

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New Ultra-Low-Latency Interactive Audio Platform, Bela


Andrew McPherson of the Augmented Instruments Laboratory, C4DM let us know that they have launched a new Kickstarter project to fund the development of Bela – a high-performance, ultra-low-latency (< 1ms) platform for audio and sensor processing based on the BeagleBone Black. The project has already met its funding goal, with about a month left in its campaign.

The BeagleBone Black is a community-supported, open-hardware computing platform. Bela provides stereo audio, analogue and digital I/O in a single self-contained package. It combines the processing power of the BeagleBone Black embedded computer with the timing precision and connectivity of a microcontroller.

“I think this might interest Synthtopia (readers) for a variety of reasons,” says McPherson. “The submillisecond latency and audio-rate sensor processing means that digital instruments made with Bela can be faster and more responsive than instruments made on other embedded platforms. Also, the DC-coupled 16-bit analog inputs and outputs could be useful for CV controls.”

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