April 1, 2015
In the Fall of 2013 littleBits launched their original Synth Kit, which opened the doors for hobbyists and musicians to easily explore the synthesizer instrument. Further, users could build their own custom sound machine, complete with signal generators, modifiers, modulators, and controllers.
Following the recent release of their DIY Smart Home Kit, littleBits today launched three new modules for their Synth Kit developed in collaboration with Korg: MIDI, CV, and USB I/O. Not only does this allow the kit to connect to additional music equipment, it also unlocks additional power for the build-it-yourself littleBits synthesizer via connectivity with other, outside synthesizers.
“These modules can breathe new life into the gear musicians already have and be a bridge between digital and analog,” says Paul Rothman, director of research and development for littleBits. “Having a design partner like Korg also means that Synth Kit users don’t have to look far to find great instruments to connect to.”
One of the coolest parts about these littleBits modules is that they snap together with magnets, which allows for people to create and prototype with these electronics. That is, you can string together the littleBits synth keyboard, two USB I/O modules, a MIDI module, and a bend sensor: your options are virtually unlimited.
“Whether it’s using the Taktile via the MIDI module, controlling your MS-20mini with the CV module, or recording everything on the go using the USB I/O module, there are really endless combinations to explore,” says Rothman.
Since the initial Synth Kit launch, the littleBits users have requested the addition of modules that would allow the kit to be connected to the rest of their music equipment. This is littleBits listening to their loyal fans and responding in kind with a brilliant innovation.
Not to mention, the team has promised many more innovations to come, including those submitted by the community at large. While we wait though, make sure to check out some of the demo videos – this stuff is awesome.
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