KOMA Elektronik’s open electronics workspace and synthesizer shop Common Ground today announced the immediate release of the Anglerfish, a 6-voice standalone square wave synth DIY kit, with playable touch keys, light-sensitive cross-modulation with UV LED indicators, master tilt EQ, and built-in dimmable light control.
The Anglerfish can be used to create deep drones, squeaky microsounds and haunting rhythmic explorations with the twist of a knob. The Anglerfish’s noises and drones are “highly musical & performable” but with just the right amount of chaos when you activate the light-sensitive cross modulation.
How does it work?
“The pitch of each oscillator is determined by corresponding potentiometers and the three switches between the oscillators open up light-sensitive connections between adjacent pots. This means both oscillators’ pitches will bend according to the amount of light the photocells receive (LED’s indicate strength of current flowing between the pots) The Tone pot controls a shelf EQ on the master output, with cutoff frequency at 482 HZ and the dangling LED is there for you to use to play the light-sensitive circuit. Adjust the brightness of the LED with the pot next to it. DRONE/KEYS switch chooses between either all 6 voices playing constantly or voices playing only when activated with key. Use 9V center positive PSU”
The developers describe the Anglerfish as a “perfect first DIY kit” for people starting out with soldering — with simple components, a well-labeled PCB, and build instructions in the manual. The Anglerfish is ideal for those looking for a more accessible starting point than more complex typical DIY modules. And the module is even hackable: users can create their own unique tuning, add external controls, change the sensitivity of the modulation, and so on.
Pricing and Availability. The Anglerfish DIY kit is available exclusively from KOMA Elektronik’s storefront Common Ground for 65 € including VAT. A beginners’ kit-building workshop led by the synth’s creator, Bridget Ferrill, is coming up in April and May.
For more information, or to order the Anglerfish kit, go to the KOMA Elektronik website.