MATRIXSYNTH: Exclusive: the bluebox synthesizer

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Exclusive: the bluebox synthesizer

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via Daniel:

"No one outside the project has seen this yet. It's a concept picture of the new look of the bluebox synthesizer.

This look will closely assemble how it will look in about one month from now. The only difference is that the LED's will be replaced with clear LED's that is blue when litten.

more about the synthesizer here..."

Update: in case you missed the history: "The blue box was originaly a device to call for free. Used by the early hackers called phone phreaks. To the left [below] you can see the blue box built by Steve Wozniak, on display at the Computer History Museum.

Every thing went in another direction in the early 70ties when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak the founders of Apple the worlds largest computer company and their friend Captain Crunch, was making a "free" call from a phone booth to get some friends to pick them up.

Steve Jobs was making the call as the cop showed up when Jobs was standing in the phone booth with the blue box in his hand. The Police probably thought they were like drugies or something because Wozniak had long hair. What is this, the police said? Asking about the divice that wozniak desperatly tried to hide, sneaking it into his coat pocket. When you punch the buttons they all make tones, so Wozniak said: It's an electronic music synthesizer. The police man got them all into the police car, and drowe them down to the station, stating that a man named Moog beat them to it. And the rest is history. The thought about the blue box as a electronic music synthesizer was born."

True? This is: "Some of the more famous pranksters were Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, founders of Apple Computer. On one occasion Wozniak dialed Vatican City and identified himself as Henry Kissinger (imitating Kissinger's German accent) and asked to speak to the Pope (who was sleeping at the time).[3]"

On the bluebox synthesizer (demos on site):

"Digital Sound Chips Blue Box is the worlds smallest fully featured synthesizer. It will easily fit into your pocket or your hand. When others only bring you toys at this size, we bring you the real deal. Fat basses, drums, leads, you name it.

The Blue Box pocket synthesizer use digital synthezis to make raw digital sounds that are impossible to make with analog gear. The Blue Box is based on a new intuitive menu system without submenus, that enable you to play tunes and change any sound parameter on the fly with a minimal user interface.

You can even use it as a MIDI controller, and play on other synthesizers and control knobs in you music sequencer on your computer. Have you ever dreamed of playing live with a small device like Kraftwerk in the 80's? Well now you can. It can also be controlled from a MIDI-keyboard or sequencer via MIDI.

* Casing dimensions: (W x D x H) 7.5cm x 2.5cm x 11cm.
* Casing dimensions: (W x D x H) 2.95" x 0.99" x 4.38".
* MIDI-in: Syncs to MIDI clock, Responds to Program Change, Pitch Bend, Note Velocity, Expression Controller, Breath Controller, full parameter control by CC messages and more.
* 3.5mm stereo plug for line out (can drive headphones).
* Uses AAA batterys for power (24 hour battey life).
* Mechanical on/off switch.
* Digital endless knob for real-time editing and performance.
* 2 LED's for fast parameter visualization.
* 72 preset sounds, that can be edited and saved.
* One octave keyboard, with real-time access to 3 octaves.
* Free sound editor for MIDI control via your computer.
* MIDI-out: Notes, Program Change, mod. wheel, CC and more is available via breakout cable.
* 2 OSC's with 32 different waveforms to choose from.
* 2 Digital filters. Low Pass in series with High Pass.
* 1 Preamp output stage. Can be overdriven for distortion.
* 3 Fast step sequencers, for SID drums, arpeggios and more.
* 1 LFO. Wide range and 32 different waveforms and more.
* 3 ADSR's, for filter, volume and sync.
* PM (phase modulation), Subtractive and True Noise syntesis.
* Uniqe percussion mode for live performance and more."


  1. I'm the operator with my pocket calculator.

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