The Lo-Fi SES (Sound Entertainment System) makes the process of playing an instrument easy by providing a video game controller interface for the lo-fi instrument. The d-pad allows you to change or record tracks, the buttons play the various sounds, and the l/r dials dynamically effect the frequency of the sounds as you are playing them.
A combination of things make this instrument unique. It is a fully open (hardware and software) audio platform, compatible with the Arduino ecosystem, and uses an innovative cart-based expansion system. Yay cartridges!!! The instrument is super approachable for level 1 musicians, but it is designed to be fun no matter what level you are at. The higher-level users can hack on the software via a “USB: a Link to the Hack” cart or even design a custom cart themselves. (I have a strong desire to see someone create a ridiculous rumble pack. You could make it rumble to the beat for some superfluous haptic feedback.) Also, the USB cart solves a common complaint for other lo-fi instruments: it allows you to swap out the sounds with ones of your own design!
The Lo-Fi SES lets you level up your music skills and look good while doing it. Join the adventure and we can rock out together!
More information can be found on the Kickstarter page:
Although GetLoFi coolness approved this product is not related to GetLoFi.com
“I Dream of Wires,” a new documentary about modular synthesizers with a score by electronic musician Solvent, is screening in Chicago at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest) on Friday, May 2 at 9:15 PM. It’s playing along with “Box of Sound,” a short film about Chicago-based circuit bender Antoine Kattar. Get tickets at the CIMMfest site.
Very creative stop-motion re-interpretation of the Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer featuring awesome bent toys!
A potato powered transistor oscillator with light dependent resistor, which gets its power from potato battery. Low power circuit is based off Forrest Mims light-dependent oscillator.