MATRIXSYNTH: DIY Project #8: Minty Synth 2.0

Saturday, November 04, 2017

DIY Project #8: Minty Synth 2.0


Published on Nov 4, 2017 poorness studios

"The Minty Synth is a tiny Arduino-bases synthesizer built inside of a mint tin. It's very powerful for how simple it is to build. You can buy one here: https://www.adafruit.com/product/2648"


"The MintySynth kit - 2.0 is a great way to make your next musical creation while experimenting with electronics and programming. Open source and hackable, the MintySynth is an Arduino-compatible synth kit that fits in an Altoids tin.

This comes as an unassembled kit so some soldering is required - but the assembly itself is fairly straightforward and the software comes preloaded so creating your next project should be a breeze! The included software is a 4 voice, 16 step wavetable sequencer that let's you play around with different intruments while controlling the tempo, swing, keys and scale. You can save up to four 16 note songs, relooping them over and over or reload each individually. If you do want to program the Synth yourself, you'll need an FTDI Cable since there's no onboard USB."

And via MintySynth.com:

"MintySynth is an Arduino-compatible synthesizer/sequencer/audio experiment kit that fits neatly in an Altoids® tin. It is intended to be an educational tool as well as a fun toy, and is a great way to learn about electronics, programming, and music. It’s open source and hackable! Soldering is required, but assembly is straightforward and generally takes one to two hours. You supply the Altoids® tin. You can either assemble the kit and use it with the preloaded synth software, or you can program it yourself as you would an Arduino...

MintySynth 2.0 is a major revision and has a simplified power supply (thanks to feedback from the good folks at Adafruit), and many other improvements:

10X longer battery life (150 hours!)
Lower cost
Fewer parts and faster/easier assembly
Additional of a photocell (light sensor)
The device can now be powered by an FTDI cable when the switch is in the "Off" position.
Many software improvements, including improved LED functionality, additional waveforms, the ability to improvise using the light sensor, and a "Laser Tripwire" mode, which triggers music/sound effects when a beam of light is blocked (Why? Because we can!)."

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