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.

Here’s a demo of the cloudBit in action: Continue reading

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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How To Build A Laser Piano

how-to-build-a-laser-pianoElecFreaks has put together a DIY tutorial on how to build a laser piano.

Their laser piano is pretty MacGyver’d – housed in a cardboard box. But you could use their same approach to build the instrument in a sturdier case or even to make a laser harp.

Here’s a demo of the DIY laser piano in action: Continue reading