Sunday, February 22, 2015

GetLoFi & Nootropic Design kickstart Synthino XM Synth/Groovebox

Minneapolis-based DIY kit makers GetLoFi and Nootropic Design begin Synthino XM Polyphonic MIDI Synthesizer/Groovebox Kickstarter campaign.

GetLoFi and Nootropic Design describe the Synthino XM Polyphonic MIDI Synthesizer and Groovebox as:
The Synthino XM is completely new polyphonic synthesizer with unique features running on a powerful hardware platform. It is compact, well-constructed, open source, and absolutely beautiful. Most importantly, it is really fun to play whether you are a musician or you just want to make some noise.
Features:

  • 5-note polyphony for superb playability
  • 12 waveforms, 4 drum samples
  • 12-bit audio at 25KHz output rate
  • 4 MIDI channels, each with separate waveform and ADSR envelope
  • low pass filter with cutoff frequency and resonance controls
  • 2 independent low frequency oscillators (LFOs): pitch and filter
  • selectable waveform for LFOs
  • 1V p-p audio output voltage with enough current to drive headphones
  • arpeggiator mode, up to 16 notes
  • 4 arpeggiator patterns: up, down, up-down, random
  • 4 built-in arpeggiator chords or use MIDI to specify up to 16 notes
  • arpeggiator pitch transposition control
  • tempo control with MIDI clock input
  • 16-step live performance "groovebox" sequencer
  • pitch fine-tuning adjustment
  • programmable/upgradable over USB
The minimum price to back their Kickstarter Campaign and receive a unit is $129. There is also a Synthino Facebook page. The pitch video and demo sounds are below. Will you back this project? Let us know in the comment section below.

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