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Bleep Labs has introduced the Hard Soft Synth 3i is an audio + video generator by ‘noisemaker extraordinaire’, Gieskes.

Features include:

  • 16 Audio & video modes + 8 video only modes.
  • RCA, S-video, and VGA video out.
  • Audio, IR, and CV trigger input as well as CV out. IR with Handmade Music Austin or Gieskes devices, hook it up to a modular via CV or use the audio input to control the sounds and video of the HSS3i.
  • Analog low-pass filter controlled via photocell.
  • MIDI input controls device parameters.
  • Optional circuit bent video device for even more visual insanity.

More info including different code versions and PCB layouts on Gieskes’ HSS page.

It’s available now in the Bleep Labs store, in several kit and pre-built formats, starting at $95.


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The Emergencynth is a portable synthesizer designed and hand assembled in Brooklyn, NY by screenprinter and musician, Karl LaRocca a.k.a. Kayrock.

It has 8 oscillators which can be tuned in unison, spread out over a range of many octaves, or set to various preset harmonies. The oscillators can bet set to one of 8 different waveforms: sine, two triangles, two saws and three square waves. Switches contol pitch sweep and 4 amplitude envelopes.

The 32 step sequencer has programmable memory for 8 patterns. It comes with preset patterns written by members of Oneida, Trans Am, Parts and Labor and Roxy Pain, but you can save over them with your own creations.

The Arpeggiator has 8 different modes, some standard, and some pretty weird like “one step forward, then two steps back”, brownian walk and permutation.

The Emergencynth comes housed in an electrical junction box, complete with power supply and a mini cable for connecting the trigger in and out ports to other vintage gear.

The Emergencynth is currently in production and are priced at $325.

via karllarocca, matrixsynth