Kilpatrick has his own module format.
Announced last year. Almost totally ignored, except for one thread on Muff’s forum, containing much whining.
Kilpatrick is doing what all the others should have done from the beginning, goddammit:
* No power cables, the modules plug directly into a power backplane. Easy to install.
* Captive mounting screws that don’t fall out and get lost. With socket heads.
* 15v rails with ample current capacity. Each module has its own local regulation.
* Separate analog and digital grounds.
* Banana jacks, color coded.
* A consistent single 4U panel size. Sized for human hands. No Euro micro-panel weirdness.
And his prices are reasonable, which is nothing short of miraculous. About one-third of what Buchla charges for roughly the same capabilities.
He needs to aggressively market this, and just as important, he must encourage third parties to make compatible modules. Or it will fail. That would be very sad. Too much of the modular market is a garbage pit of stupid, repetitive, and cheap.
Now I’m really pissed off. Kept my mouth shut before, but no longer. Look at the little bastards, earlier in that thread, nitpicking and naysaying, despite having never actually seen or tried any of it. Muff, I keep telling you that your forum is too tolerant of trolls and idiots, and this is a perfect example.
….and now we have the “Seaboard”.
It’s been announced all over the place: BBC (who stupidly call it a “sound system”), Synthtopia, Sonic State.
Predictably, it’s not yet in production, much less has a price tag attached — but already nerds are complaining about the price. Plus, the continued use of the aging MIDI protocol will limit its interfacing abilities to software or other synth electronics. I wish them luck, they’ll need it.
I almost forgot to mention the German made Endeavour controller. It, apparently, is actually shipping.
A new hunk of madness from Zerosum.
Completely different from anything Metasonix, Trogotronics, or anyone else has ever offered for sale before. Trust me.
After years of threats, the Therevox ET-4 is finally available.
And yes, it’s another Ondes-style controller.
(Unlike the French Connection, it has a built-in two oscillator analog synth. And $1475 is a bargain.)
All the way back in 1972, Tony Furse managed to get funding to build a polyphonic digital/analog synth. That was the Qasar.
He built precisely two prototypes–the finished machine would have been far too costly for the era, so no investors came forward. Tony persisted, though, and developed it into a primitive sampling machine with dual 6800 microprocessors (brand-new on the market) in 1978. That machine, the Qasar M8, eventually was commercialized as the Fairlight CMI. (More history here.)
It’s got a blog, it’s been mentioned on Gizmodo, Makezine has done a piece on it. They’ve been talking it up for at least 4 months. So when does it ship?
If you’re interested in one, go here and donate.
Seen on another Deviant Art account.
More in his gallery.
Showed off at NAMM: video
There’s your alternate controller for the month…..
From Dave Wright, of course.
Plus: it’s digital but worth mentioning for its
huge DIY potential: the Roninsynth.
And here’s your first deviant synth for the new year:
a horribly-mangled Atari 400……
This guy took an ancient (1980 or so) paper-tape reader from a Heathkit computer and rewired it so it would control a simple oscillator bank made with 555 timer chips. Then he made punched tapes for it, by writing a QBASIC program. I’m afraid to ask how long it took him.
Nervous Squirrel strikes again.
He also made something called a “mucky sailor“.
Courtesy of Make magazine: a MeeBlip synth, built into a vintage cookbook.
It isn’t quite a synth, but I reckon it is as good as the other “steam powered synth” out there.
Sorry about the background noise. Video is here:
Steam powered music box
Ken (from cgs synth)
A student project becomes an actual product for sale.
(As usual in this day and age, it’s USB only and works only with a computer.)
Bonus: Gizmodo’s coverage of it, with the usual smug, dismissive comments following.
Nick Collier has made a Flash animated version of his “Beast” synthesizer.
Try it–all you can make is glorious anarchy.