DIY synth guru Scott Rider, aka the Old Crow, has announced a new DIY project, inspired by the circuits of the Moog Minimoog and the Yamaha CS-80.
The two main goals for the ‘Crowminius‘ project were:
- to make a new synth in the style of a Minimoog 204D (“model D”) for a good friend, who lost his circa 1974 original Mini to hurricane Katrina; and
- to create a synth that would fit in a compact aluminum attache case.
Here’s an audio demo of the Crowminius in action: Continue reading
Roberto D Jordan is funding the production of the Hell Synth -a palm-sized experimental synth – via a Kickstarter project.
It’s already reached more than double its funding target, with several weeks left in the campaign.
Here’s what Jordan has to say about the Hell Synth: Continue reading
Laurentide SynthWorks has announced that their VG2 Dual Passive Vactrol Gate is now available.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
No power needed! Each Vactrol Gate has 1 CV Input (gate, envelope, LFO, etc.), 1 Audio Input and 1 Audio Output. The CV Input hits the Vactrol LED, allowing audio to pass through. In addition, there is a simple Low Pass Filter applied to the Audio Input with an Amount (Cutoff) knob.
As this is a passive circuit, it will not give you full cutoff control, but it does allow the taming of harsh waveshapes.
The LPF is simply the same concept as a guitar’s “tone” control. Also, there is an LED at the CV Input for quick visual reference and LED light action!
Here’s their official intro video: Continue reading
This video, via Future Music Magazine, takes a look at making a DIY 3U Eurorack modular synthesizer case.
Laurentide Synthworks has announced that the Mutable Instruments Shruthi synthesizer will live on as a DIY project.
Mutable Instruments announced last year that it was phasing out most of its DIY products to focus on its growing Eurorack business.
Here’s Laurentide Synthworks has to say about their Shruthi: Continue reading
Amazing Machines has announced that their Volcano Kit is ‘fully compatible’ with the Korg Volca Sample. Continue reading
Reader Simon Iddol, founder of Moarrr, shared this video with us, which captures an interesting experience he had in Bucharest.
“This was one of my most trippy and most heart warming experience in 2014,” explains Iddol. “I was wandering around alone in the Old Town….before my gig. I heard a strange and really unique sound from somewhere,and I got really excited. Is it a theremin? How? Why? On the street? In winter?” Continue reading
This video, via Raja Raman, captures Atlanta-based prog band exStellarator in action.
Take note of the Voltage Controlled Guitar (VGC) – a breath-controlled synth guitar, based on the Moog Werkstatt. Continue reading