Ploytec PL2 Logos Prototype Board on Kickstarter

Ploytec has launched the PL2 Logos prototype board on Kickstarter here. You can find two previous videos below this post in the archives here.

“At Superbooth19 in Berlin we showed a sample of the PL2 Logos prototype board. This PCB makes it a lot easier to translate English text to the allophones needed for Ploytec PL2 based speech synthesis (which is CTS256-AL2 / SP0256-AL2 emulation).


Dove Audio Waveplane Oscillator Module for Euro or MU Modular Synths

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter here. Dove previously brought us the WTF Oscillator.

Note this is a project from Paula Maddox, the woman behind Modal Electronics and previously Vacoloco.

“The Waveplane oscillator is a new dimension in wavetable synthesis. It allows 6 dimensions of movement for the output wave being generated giving unprecedented amount of motion in a wavetable

Buzzzy! – The digital polysynth

Published on Apr 10, 2019 Fred’s Lab

“The Fred’s Lab Buzzzy! Kickstarter campaign is live:…

Buzzzy! is an affordable 16 voice / 4 part digital sound module including 4 audio engines (Pulse / FM / Wave and Noise) and built-in quality FXs.

I am relying solely on your support to afford going in production and make out of this prototype, an instrument you

Lightstorm – World’s First Light Eurorack Synthesizer

Published on Mar 21, 2019 Strange Electronic

via Strange Electronic

“The Lightstorm Eurorack Case is a new type of interactive modular synthesizer case that integrates voltage-controlled LED lighting, adding visually stunning effects to live performance and giving inspiration in the studio. The Lightstorm Module brings creative lighting into the synthesizer workflow, going beyond

SPICE is a one-stop modular distortion box – and it needs support

Saturation, distortion, warmth, fuzz – it’s what keeps a lot of us coming back to machines. SPICE is a modular distortion on Kickstarter, suitable for Eurorack or desktop use alike – and it’s getting reader attention partly because it isn’t over the funding line quite yet.

The big picture for SPICE from Plankton Electronics is modular distortion in an integrated, multifunctional design, with sounds ranging from digital crushing to tube distortion, ranging from warm saturation to grimy fuzz.

That functionality you can then get however you like. Want the whole thing as a single desktop unit? Go for it – even if you don’t own any other modular. Want to take that same integrated unit and rack it? Done – as a 38HP Eurorack. Prefer individual modules? Want them assembled? Want them as DIY kits you assemble yourselves? Every option is here.

This is all partly the story of a tube from KORG – the Nutube. This new Japanese-made tube, drawing from fluorescent display tech, sounds like conventional tubes but has an atypically long life and dramatically smaller size. And it uses a tiny amount of the power of tubes – think 2%. That’s not the only distortion / saturation on offer here, but it does allow a full complement of distortion types without requiring a bunch of power or space.

So you get to choose which distortion you want:

  • Clean amplification and filter, no distortion (“boost”)
  • Soft clip saturation
  • Hard clip saturation / distortion
  • Nu-tube distortion – one or two at once (for double double your distortion, double double your enjoyment… etc.)
  • Transistor fuzz (strong clipping)
  • Stomp box filtered high gain distortion, guitar pedal style

Distortion? Yes:

And you can combine these in loads of different ways – which is where the modular bit comes in. You can choose digital or analog, mix and prefilter, or apply an envelope follower to shape the sound.

And, of course, there’s feedback – lots of it.

It’s technical semimodular in that it’s prepatched for a lot of functions, but you can modify it from there.

Sliced into three modules, you get a choice [links to Modulagrid]:
NUTONE VCA and distortion based on the Nutube
SPICEVCF including the analog filter (LP, BP, HP) with tons of CV control and XMOD to self-modulate the filter
ENVF envelope follower

The tube module looks excellent on its own, but mostly I think the draw here is the combined distortion toolkit.

So how much does this cost? You’ll get actual hardware starting around 25EUR, and kits for around 55EUR+. Assembled modules start around 85EUR and then the full modular system will cost you around 450-500EUR, all in. (Prices will be more with VAT … and please, no more lecturing me about how the VAT system works, readers, I live in Germany and own a GmbH; most of our readers are outside the VAT system and don’t owe this tax. They’ve explained all the different prices on their site.)

Spice as modules.

I wasn’t so familiar with this Barcelona-based team before, but they’ve done some really nice work – and have gotten input here from a lot of our friends in the modular and synth community, from to Befaco to Olivier Ozoux.

And even before I heard from them, a couple of readers wrote hoping CDM would cover this project as they want to see it funded. I hear you – I do, too.

I also love this idea – their SPICE Metapatch software is a Web-era take on the patch book. Instead of drawing with a pencil, you store patch ideas in a Web interface. (It’s still just a picture, but it means you’re free from erasures and terrible drawing skills. Hold on… that projecting thing I do, sometimes, that might be happening again.)

There’s 10 days left. They’re past the halfway mark, so let’s see if the CDM bump helps them out.

Plankton Electronics SPICE – Modular Saturation Unit [Kickstarter]

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nanoloop – New Self Contained Handheld Sequencer/Synthesizer on Kickstarter

via Kickstarter:

“After years of existence as cartridge for portable game consoles and smartphone app, nanoloop finally makes it into a dedicated hardware. Combining the casual game pad interface with beautiful LED dots and digits, this device forms the ideal platform for the proven nanoloop software and its iconic 4×4 matrix sequencer.



4 channels:
dual square wave with

Plankton Electronics SPICE – Modular Saturation Unit on Kickstarter

17 days to go on Kickstarter here. Currently at 52 backers with $17,810 pledged of the $47,608 goal. Some details from the campaign:


Rackable (38HP eurorack) modular desktop unit.

8 CV inputs with led level indicators.

6 main functions: Prefilter / Digital / Analog / Mixer / Envelope Follower / Feedback

Prefilter: High Pass and Low Pass filters to shape the sound before

Dubler Studio Kit Real-Time Vocal Recognition MIDI Controller

Currently on Kickstarter

“Dubler Studio Kit is a real-time vocal recognition MIDI controller. It offers up a never seen before way to translate your musical ideas into reality, using the one instrument you’ve been practising since birth— the voice.

With Dubler Studio Kit you can hum a melody or synth pattern, beatbox to trigger a virtual drumkit, or manipulate effects and filters with a “

nanoloop reborn as standalone, Game Boy-inspired groovebox

nanoloop, beginning life as a Game Boy cartridge, helped ignite a craze in chip music by intuitively combining sequencing and sound. Now, its creator wants to make his own hardware.

And — while I hope you read what I have to say, you almost don’t need to do anything other than watch this tantalizing demo:

It’s really hard to describe nanoloop just in terms of specs. The music tool has seen iterations on original Game Boy plus Game Boy Advance generation, in addition to iOS and Android apps. It wasn’t the only Game Boy cartridge embraced by musicians – LSDJ (Little Sound DJ) was also beloved by artists, more in the conventional tracker model. And just talking about the particulars of the synth architecture below also makes this sound crude.

But there’s something uniquely magical about nanoloop, the one-man invention of developer Oliver Wittchow. The software is minimalistic and elegant, reduced to a simple grid. You can pick it up and make things happen right away, making it friendlier than rivals to newcomers – you can be led by instinct, without having to understand concepts like “tracker” sequencing. And then more depth unveils itself in time. The result is an instrument that melds sequencer and sound, in a way only a handful of instruments ever have – the Roland TB-303 being an obvious comparison.

The sound of Nintendo’s Game Boy hardware was also integral to nanoloop’s appeal – augmented later by Oliver’s own software-based FM synth.

nanoloop hardware, therefore, is a big breakthrough. It recreates the signature sound established by its Nintendo predecessor. It boils down that intuitive grid into a hardware design. And it keeps the arcade-style controls – perfectly positioned for use with your thumbs, and keeping the whole package compact.

Plus the Kickstarter project – which has already crossed its funding threshold – starts at just 97EUR for hardware. That prices this only slightly above the cost of the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator line, with I think a far more interesting interface and sound.

In other words, once this ships, I think it’s overnight the most interesting budget synth and mobile sound-making hardware.

And it’s really packed with everything you’d want – battery power, sync (both via MIDI and CV), tons of musical features for messing with patterns, and the ability to store patterns on microSD card or even an audio cable if you … forget the card. (Have you ever done that? Me, never. Never, ever, ever forgot an … okay.)

Kickstarter project

Full specs:


4 channels:
dual square wave with true analog filter (mono)
4-voice polyphonic FM (stereo)
monophonic FM (stereo)
noise & clicks (stereo)


4×4 matrix
per-step control for all parameters
pattern transpose for all parameters
“meta step”: play note only every 2nd or 4th loop
variable pattern length per channel
individual channel tempo
ping pong and random modes
shift pattern in four directions
randomise all parameters


8×4 bi-color LED dot matrix
5 LED digits
8 menu icons
various color combinations available


silicone rubber buttons with plastic caps:
d-pad + 4 buttons
volume dial


3.5 mm mini jack stereo headphone/line out
3.5 mm mini jack input for CV and MIDI sync
3.5 mm mini jack output for CV and MIDI sync


bent acrylic glass


2 x AAA batteries, micro USB (power only)
physical power switch -> zero “standby” power
battery life: 50+ h


99 banks à 4×8 patterns each
song 999 patterns length
backup / restore via audio cable
micro-SD slot for near infinite projects (SD-card not included)


MIDI sync in & out
analog 1/24, 1/16, 1/8 in & out


12 x 6 x 2.5 cm, 100 g (incl. batteries)

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Der Resynator – Pitch-Tracking-Synthesizer zurück aus den Siebzigern?


Es begab sich, als sich die Tochter eines Entwicklers ihres Vaters besann und sich mit dem beschäftigte, was er in den Siebzigern konstruierte. Der Vater ist Don(ald) Tavel und die Tochter heißt Alison. Sie hat ihren Vater nie kennengelernt. Sie fand „auf dem Dachboden“ den besagten Resynator …

Es muss doch jemanden geben, der das Gerät wieder zum Laufen bringt. Und das hat auch geklappt! Sogar die Schaltpläne konnten gefunden werden und so startete Alison eine kleine Informationskampagne, um eine Dokumentation zu machen.

Der Teaser zu dem Video zeigt Peter Gabriel, wie er über den Resynator spricht. Offenbar war es möglich, viele Stimmen einzuholen. Don Tavel starb in einem Verkehrsunfall im Jahre 1988. Grund für den kleinen „Teaserfilm“ ist die Kickstarter-Kampagne, mit der der eigentliche Doku-Film finanziert werden soll.

Die Geschichte

Der Resynator ist ein Synthesizer für akustische Instrumente. Er hat einen Pitch-Konverter an Bord, der den eigentlichen Synthesizer steuert. Das Gerät war aber digital und ist kein analoges Pitch-to-Voltage-Interface. Aber das Signal wird dennoch in analoge Signale gewandelt, da der Synthesizer analog ist.

Die Geschichte startet zwar im Jahre 1974, als der Resynator noch als Pedal aufgebaut wurde, aber 1977 gab es die eigentlichen Veröffentlichungen dazu. Mutron sollte das Gerät bauen, man entschied sich aber 1979 eine Rack-Version zu präsentieren. Peter Gabriels Firma Syco-Systems zeigte ihn, deshalb ist auch auch im Video. Danach wurde eine polyphone Version entwickelt, der Hexsynator.

1984 war er fertig und es gab aber nur einen Prototypen. Tochter Alison fand den Resynator 2014 und schon 2015 konnten mehrere gebaut werden. Weitere Namen, die damit in Berührung kamen, sind Gotye, Brian „Moog Cookbook“ Kehew, Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Mike Gordon, Eric Valentine, Grace Potter und Fred Armisen.

Mehr Information

Zur Kickstarter-Aktion geht es hier. Aktuell sind 22.000 von 26.000 US-Dollar bereits gesammelt. Es sind daher nur noch einige (großzügige) Unterstützer nötig, damit das Projekt gestartet werden kann.