Tagged: synthesizer

Still Kickin’

Quiet and busy as we get deeper into the cold part of the year. Been work­ing hard on some new music. Feels good! Until I’ve got some­thing fin­ished to share, here’s a lit­tle OP-1 jam from a few weeks ago :

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Meeblip Story / Video Feature on Create Digital Music

After the fun we had cre­at­ing both the Mee­blips them­selves and the video behind it (see this post: http://sound-and-vision.org/2012/01/20/meeblip/), we decided to share our expe­ri­ence with Cre­ate Dig­i­tal Music, who with Reflex Audio are respon­si­ble for bring­ing us these awe­some, afford­able dig­i­tal syn­the­sizer kits. We received a very nice email back from Peter Kirn of CDM say­ing they would fea­ture the video when they re-upped their stock, and fea­ture they did! Check out the arti­cle here : http://createdigitalmusic.com/2012/03/meeblip-se-making-our-open-synth-hardware-better-more-available-starting-now/

Thanks to CDM and Reflex for the shout and for the fun music project. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. (Psssst… XOX style drum synthesizer!!)

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Video — Meeblip

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