‘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”.

Here’s the official project video: Continue reading

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.”

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Music Thing Modular Axoloti Control Board


Music Things’ Tom Whitwell has introduced the Music Thing Modular Axoloti Control Board – an open source design that adds controls to the Axoloti digital signal processing platform.

Axoloti is an open platform. designed to let you create custom hardware synthesizers and audio processing systems. 

Here’s what Whitwell has to say about the new DIY design: Continue reading

DIY Arduino Based Minipops 7 Rhythm Box Clone

Developer Jan Ostman let us know that he’s released source code for an Arduino-based Minipops 7 clone.

The Korg KEIO Minipops was featured prominently in Jean Michel Jarre’s classic electronic album, Oxygène

Ostman says that the code should work unmodified on any Arduino.  Continue reading