How To Draw A Working Modular Synth Controller

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This video demonstrates how to draw a working modular synthesizer controller, using a modified adafruit Drawdio with a Blacet/Metalbox/Wiard/Cynthia Frac format modular synthesizer system.

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10 Cool Electronic Music Instruments Under $100

Looking for a gift for an electronic musician – or maybe a cool new toy for your music laboratory?

Here are 10 electronic music instruments under $100 to check out:

10 Cool Electronic Music Instruments Under $100

bliptronic-5000-cheap-tenori-onThe Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer looks like it could be the offspring of a Yamaha Tenori On crossed with a 25-year old Casiotone.

Like the Tenori On, the Bliptronic 5000 is a matrix synth, featuring an 8 x 8 matrix of buttons that act as switches to control what notes get played.

Like a Casiotone, the Bliptronic has cheestastic sounds.

You can get one for $49.99 at Think Geek.

gakken-sx-150-analog-synthesizer-kitThe Gakken SX-150 Analog Synthesizer is a $54.95 kit that lets you build a simple synthesizer. It features controls for LFO, pitch envelope, frequency cutoff, resonance, and attack/decay

It’s a cool little synth, but what makes it really cool is that it’s become popular with hackers, who’ve figured out how to add MIDI to the SX-150 and more.

You can get the SX-150 at MakerShed. Continue reading

Drawdio Makes Anything A Synthesizer

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This video captures some Drawdio fun.

Drawdio is designed to “bring to life the everyday interconnections between people and environment, encouraging you to use your sense of touch, and letting you hear otherwise invisible electrical connections by creating, remixing, and playing.”

Drawdio is a DIY project that lets you “draw music”.

A Drawdio kit is available for $17.

Make Music With A #2 Pencil

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Remember filling in those little ovals on tests in school with #2 pencil?

Now you can do something really fun with a #2 pencil!

Drawdio is an electronic pencil that lets you make music while you draw.

It’s an easy DIY project that lets you create a basic musical synthesizer that uses the conductive properties of pencil graphite to create different sounds. The result is a fun toy that lets you draw musical instruments on any piece of paper. 

  • Runs on a single AAA battery for many hours (even ‘nearly dead’ batteries will work)
  • Use any pencil – mechanical or plain. The kit comes with a 2B pencil, the softer the lead the better
  • Ridiculously fun for all ages

The Drawdio Kit comes with all electronic components, PCB, hardware and pencil. AAA battery and tools are not included.