These couple of years have seen a revival of interest in modular synthesizers, especially in the DIY electronics community. Modular synthesizers, as opposed to all-in-one-box keyboard synths, are a series of synth components or modules (i.e. filter, sequencer, ect.) that are connected together via patch cables. Creating these beasts from a DIY standpoint can be a daunting task, and may overwhelm your average consumer/musician/geek. Fortunately, Korg has teamed up with electronic component manufacturer littlebits to create a modular analog synth kit for the every man, and taken some of the complexities out of the equation.
Although it looks like a bit of a toy, the Korg x little bits synth is capable of creating some very powerful analog sounds. All the pieces of the kit connect via magnets, so no soldering is required. The kit contains 12 components including 2 oscillators, delay, keyboard, filter and sequencer, and is powered via a 9 volt battery. It all sets up quickly and allows a user to jump right into some basic modular synthesis. The kit can even be connected to the myriad of DIY electronics projects available from the littlebits website. The site also includes some great instructional videos to get you started with your synth kit.
Yeah, it’s not an ARP 2600 that’s going to become the analog centerpiece of your production, but the Korg x littlebits synth kit is an awesome way to get your feet wet in the DIY world of modular synths. Check out the rather amusing video below to hear some of the sounds this little beast can make.