The SparkPunk Sequencer – A $60 DIY Control Voltage Sequencer Kit

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The SparkPunk Sequencer is a musical control voltage sequencer designed to control the DIY SparkPunk Sound Kit. But the sequencer kit is also designed to support connecting it to other control voltage hardware.

The SparkPunk Sequencer cycles among ten steps, reading the slider and switch for each, and producing corresponding analog voltages on the output pins. The kit offers many mod opportunities - like adjusting Sequence length by connecting solder pads together at the bottom right of the PCB, routing pins to make a one-shot sequence playback, even creating a tempo clock or influencing the analog signals of LEDs.

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The m!lTone Portable Air Synth & MIDI controller

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The m!lTone - described as ‘a portable hands-free ultrasonic synthesizer, MIDI controller & more’ – is now under development as a Kickstarter project.

Features:

  • Have hands-free control with up to 2 ultrasonic sensors for Continuous, Weighted, & Discrete “Air” functionality
  • Control video and lights (using MIDI & third party software).
  • Uses a very popular and open source code base that is Arduino compatible
  • Play and explore different sounds and moods with over 200 scales from all over the
  • world including 40 Quarter Tone maqams (scales)
  • Small, lightweight, and portable
  • Built-in speaker
  • DC adapter, 9V battery or solar powered.
  • Backlit 2×16 LCD display (White on Blue)
  • Wooden enclosure with randomly selected exotic veneer
  • The m!lTone is fully programmable to change its sounds and functionality
  • Audio control using the body

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DIY Arduino Native MIDI Controller, The Mini OONTZ

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Adafruit Industries‘ Noe Ruiz let us know about their latest project, the Mini OONTZ.

Mini OONTZ is a DIY, open source, native USB MIDI controller, based on the Arduino Leonardo. It’s a grid controller, in the style of the monome, designed to be easy to customize and hack.

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littleBits New cloudBit Lets You Connect Your Modular Synth To The Internet

littleBits_cloud-modulelittleBits Electronics has introduced a new module, the cloudBit, that will let you connect your modular synth to the Internet and more.

The cloudBit, according to the company, will help democratize the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – the idea that ‘smart devices’ will be able to communicate and interact with the Internet.

The cloudBit – part of the company’s littleBits modular electronics system – lets you turn any object into an Internet-connected device. littleBits already makes an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets. Existing modules include things like motors, buzzers, buttons, light sensors, switches and LEDs. Last year, they added modules that expanded the platform into audio with the Korg littleBits Synth Kit.

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MFOS Seven Segment Linear Envelope Generator

Music From Outer Space has introduced a new synth DIY project, the MFOS Seven Segment Linear Envelope Generator. 

The MFOS Seven Segment Linear Envelope Generator provides from 2 to 7 linear segments you use to design a voltage envelope to control analog synth modules. The slope and threshold for each segment is settable.

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