After getting over the fact that my boyfriend and I got each other the *exact same thing* this year for Christmas, we got to putting them together and playing around with them. Which was awesome because they were Meeblip DIY Synthesizer kits. This little 16bit digital synth kit is super easy to put together, and really fun to play. Here’s a short video I put together documenting the build and some of the sounds it’s capable of :
What is the Meeblip good at doing? I would say it excels at certain kinds of bass sounds (like the two-tone electro bass in the video above), noise runs, and even can pull off a decent wubwub. The LFO is great to play with when routed to the filter.
That said, I wish it had a little more range. The filter can be hard to dial in, it wont self-oscillate, and the envelope is really tricky to get *just* right. It’s hard to get a good distorted Acid bassline out of this thing, for instance.
That said, for 100 bucks and a little hard work, the Meeblip is a wonderful little piece of kit. I had as much fun building it as I have playing it, and I’m not really one to get off on soldering. It’s opened the door to other possibilities in terms of DIY synth building (808 clones and PAIA Fatman, watch out), which in itself is a great gift.
More info here : meeblip.noisepages.com