Rare Waves Hydronium: semi-modular analog acid synth for desktop or Eurorack

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Hydronium is a semi-modular analogue synthesizer that’s available for both the desktop and Eurorack either pre-assembled or in kit form. Rare Waves products are designed by Eric Archer out of Texas and are responsible for the Grendel range of synthesizers. Hydronium Checking out the demo video (below- set it running while you read the article […]

NAMM 2019: Teenage Engineering releases Pocket Operator modular system

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I don’t know about you but since the OP-Z and the enormous lead time I’ve gone a bit cold on Teenage Engineering. We all love the Pocket Operators but they seemed to get lost in the OP-Z development. Now we know they weren’t lost at all, they were all working on far more fabulous things! […]

Rakit Metal Synth: a mad percussive and metallic noise box

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Rakit produces noisy electronic kits and their latest is the Metal Synth. Available as a kit or fully assembled (for cowards) it can generate a whole bunch of percussive sounds and shaped noises. Metal Synth Inside is a digital noise generator kicking out white and metallic noise. You’ve then got an envelope on the trigger […]

Build your own MIDI controller with the Highly Liquid MIDI CPU board

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If you’ve ever got frustrated with your MIDI controller and thought that you could design something more tailored to your needs then Highly Liquid MIDI CPU is for you. Highly Liquid MIDI CPU It’s a PCB with a microcontroller and everything you need to build your own MIDI controller. Now, by “build” I mean get […]

Brunswick: an affordable, naked DIY synthesizer from Future Sound Systems

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There have been some murmurings about Brunswick for about a week and then it turned up on the Future Sound Systems stand at Synthfest last weekend. Now all the information has been released and it turns out to be a cool little grungy synth available in kit form for a remarkably sensible amount of money. […]

Otto’s DIY Cookbook – handy recipes for Eurorack modular DIY

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I reported on Otto’s DIY prototyping environment back in February. It’s sort of like a breadboard in the shape of a Eurorack module which makes it much easier to build prototype modules. Well, they are now releasing a “Cookbook” featuring recipes of modules to build on your  Otto’s DIY board. Otto’s DIY Cookbook It’s not […]

Get some guitar feel in your electronic music with the StrumPad MIDI Controller

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StrumPad is an immediately impressive MIDI controller that you strum with your fingers. It then manipulates incoming MIDI notes and sends them out in response to the strumming. It looks a little awkward but it seems to work marvellously. StrumPad MIDI Controller It’s an Open Source project based upon the Arduino ATMEGA328 microcontroller. It has 6 […]

Zeppelin Design Labs Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo: DIY or readymade?

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Zeppelin Design Labs’ new Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo pedal is an interesting new effect that you can buy ready-made or, should you be handy at that sort of thing, order as a kit to build yourself. Zeppelin Design Labs Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo Designed and built (if you want) in Chicago, USA, the Quaverato Harmonic Tremolo pedal […]