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Get Started with DIY Synths

Get Started with DIY Synths

Jacek Handke shared with us a fantastic article about getting started in DIY synths. You’ll definitely want to check it out. 

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The Automaphone: A Picture Scanning Synthesiser

The Automaphone: A Picture Scanning Synthesiser

Brian McNamara creates musical instruments. Generally he focuses on electronic instruments that make it easy and fun for pretty much anyone to play. The Automaphone is a fantastic example of that concept. Feed this simple and elegant looking hunk of wood any picture and it will convert it to sound. The internals will feed the […]

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The MicroGranny, a DIY Granular Sampler

The MicroGranny, a DIY Granular Sampler

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/59171299] Vaclav Pelousek and friends pack a ton of features into their Arduino-based microGranny musical instrument, including WAV player, sampler, 8 presets with 15 sounds each, MIDI input, and a whole lot of knobs and buttons to play with pitch, loop length, shift speed, and so on. They’re selling kits and will soon release the […]

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Musical Hacks For Raspberry Pi

Peter Kirn writes about the first wave of musical hacks for Raspberry Pi over at Create Digital Music: Apple may have started the conversation about the “post-PC” age. But part of what this means is that a “computer” doesn’t necessarily have to be something costing hundreds of dollars, in a conventional desktop or laptop form […]

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Bananaphone: Fruit Actuated Synth

Bananaphone: Fruit Actuated Synth

Using a Propeller Quickstart, some basic electronic components, and eight bananas, Jeff Ledger created a gnarly sounding touch capacitive synth.

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Huge Synth Sounds from Tiny Mixtape Alpha

Huge Synth Sounds from Tiny Mixtape Alpha

Jie Qi, from Media Lab’s High-Low Tech Group, took a synthesizer and distilled it into a compact, no-frills interface. About the size of an audio cassette, it has setting for multiple tones, looping ability, and five note polyphony. The sound has an 8 bit feel to it, but the real magic is in how it’s controlled They packed a ton of functionality into a small space, including the ability to share tracks with friends.

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