Funding on Kickstarter for the Rockit Synth has passed the $10,000 goal with 33 days to go: the project will be funded!
I’m looking forward to building the kit, making some music with it and seeing what hacks can be made to create new ways of making it work.
The MeeBlip is an open source hardware digital synth that was designed by James Grahame of Reflex Audio in collaboration with Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music.
The MeeBlip is designed to be hackable – easily modified to change the way it works. The MeeBlip seems like a good starting point for developing my own hardware synth projects so I ordered a kit to build with a view to doing some hacking…
I’m hoping to build the Rockit 8 Bit Synth Kit by Matt Heins by pledging for a full kit on Kickstarter.
Over half the way there with 45 days to go…
PLEDGED OF $10,000 GOAL
DAYS TO GO
At the Beam Festival in June I joined a group of people in building one of Tom Bug’s brilliant Workshop Oscillator Machines in one of the workshop sessions.
Even though the WOM is a simple design it can make some complex and sometimes chaotic sounds. It includes some circuit bending tricks including ‘power starvation’. This causes the part of the circuit that creates the basic elements of the sound, the oscillators, to enter unexpected cycling patterns when they struggle to work as normal as their power is gradually sucked away. With power starvation switched on – just a slight twist of one of the WOMs controls… a completely new sound is created. Playing the WOM is noisy harsh unpredictable fun.
The contacts at the bottom of the WOM look a bit like a deranged piano keyboard. They’re actually electrical contacts which you touch to become part of the circuit to bend its function.