Friends and fans, its true over last year I have been busy contributing to the design of the Synthino XM Polyphonic MIDI Synthesizer. It is now official and available for pre-order on Kickstarter. We added many experimental musician friendly features, arpeggiator and live groovebox mode. We are very proud of this because it is possible to change its sounds and functions with software. Glitch mode, sure, Video Game sounds, no problem in due time. The code will be available for people to modify themselves also. Its been a long road and many many many hours went into this, we really hope that you all consider supporting us. The Kickstarter will have 100 Synthino XM units at only $129, and a handful of Early Delivery units for $139. This is a great piece of hardware, it sounds amazing, it is slick, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use.
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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
Here at GetLoFi we have been working in some projects that are not exactly circuit bent but were certainly inspired by circuit bending. One such project that has been in the works for close to a year now is a replacement battery cover for DOD vintage guitar effects pedals. The need for this projects arose from having a personal collection of various DOD pedals which had 1 thing in common, they were missing the 9 volt battery cover. Because they came from as-is auctions on eBay and in most cases cost me less than $20 shipped, the battery cover was certainly missing. So what to do? I certainly wanted to get most value out of the pedals from resale however an alternative replacement cover did not exist yet. I was lucky enough to strike a friendship with a youtube user who had similar manufacturing and wild idea interests as me and eventually learned of his forays into injections molding, this was a perfect project. At a glance these lids seem like a strait forward piece of plastic however it was not until about 4 iterations of the aluminum mold that we were able to dial in size and complexity of all the parts involved.
At last however the project is virtually finished and the molds are sitting safely on the shelf awaiting a next batch. So order up and make us proud. Head over to dodbatterycover.com and getlofi.com/shop see and purchase fruits of our labors.
As you can see several parts were tried out until the final design was born.
Various covers through out the process, 5 different variations were made and then later tuned up.
There was even one with GetLoFi logo on it, but I decided that if these were going to be in stores perhaps not the best idea to plaster my brand all over it.
The final Hinge Style cover can also be purchased as a kit and assembled with nothing more than a few drops of Acetone and a Q-Tip. My first Instructable is located right here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Assemble-DOD-Guitar-Pedal-Battery-Cover-Rep/
Wow its been 7 years that we have done this event at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, IL.
Please visit our Facebook Event page for more info.
As always the sale will happen rain or shine. Noon – 6PM followed by musical performances. If you are interested in being a seller at the event please fill out our vendor signup form. Thank you.
GetLoFi.com and NootropicDesign.com will be joining forces to bring you the latest and greatest products, kits, and gadgets at this year’s Maker Faire at the San Mateo California Fair Grounds on May 17-18.
Stop by our booth to say hello and try out our new kits. More information soon will follow about the unveiling of an Arduino based synthesizer kit project from Nootropic Design.