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Here’s another great project PCB from MFOS. The Mini-Controller can be used with any synthesizer with a 1-volt-per-octave input. It uses a stylus probe and PCB keyboard contacts similar to the classic Stylophone synth used by David Bowie.
Just to clarify – this is only an interface and doesn’t produce any sound on its own, but it’s probably the simplest DIY synth controller project out there.

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Stylophones are still made today by the Dubreq company. While they’re not the prettiest sounding synths, they are retro-cool and a lot of fun to play.

MFOS Mini-Controller -Link

1969: David Bowie and the Stylophone -Link

Original Stylophone by Dubreq -Link

Related:
MIDI Arduinophone
MIDI Arduinophone -Link

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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