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Friday, April 26, 2024

zeptocore - a handmade, handheld open source sample smasher

video upload by infinitedigits

"a handmade, handheld sample player.

coming soon..."

This one was sent my way via brian comnes

"a handmade, handheld sample player.

a limited batch of 100 zeptocores are being pre-released TODAY. to say thanks for being a loyal customer, here’s a special 10% off coupon just for you: use THANKYOU0426 discount code at checkout.

stereo playback · 16-bit audio @ 44.1kHz · 16 banks each with 16 samples (max 32GB) · pre-loaded with breakbeat sample packs · 16 different effects · single-cycle wavetable synthesizer · sequencer with quantization · clock sync out · MIDI (in + out) over USB · built-in 8-ohm speaker · powered by two AAA batteries or USB · open-source · available in noche (black) and aubergine (purple) · handbuilt in Seattle, WA"

Additional specs via

The zeptocore is an open-source handheld device for playing with samples, featuring:

stereo playback of 16-bit audio files @ 44.1 kHz sampling rate

sd-card storage for up to 8 gigabytes of samples

recalls up to 256 audio files (16 banks of 16 tracks)

16 different effects (saturate, fuzz, delay, reverb, etc…)

single-cycle wavetable synthesizer

realtime sequencer with optional quantization

clock sync in (or midi sync with ittybittymidi)

optional clock sync out

tiny built-in speaker

powered by two AAA batteries or USB-C

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

K-Teck Is Closing Down

This one is in via Brian Comnes

via K-Teck

"Hot off the press...

K-Teck is closing down

From 5th March 2024 this website will disappear

Please download everything from your User Area

Support will continue on Facebook: K-Teck but no big updates or new devices

Everything is cheap until then"

K-Teck specialized in Max for Live Devices and Reaktor Granular Ensembles.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Optotronics Pre-soldered Mini-Eurorack System

  This one in via brian comnes.

  Details below.

Saturday, December 23, 2023


This one was sent in via Brian Comnes who had the following to say (links will take you to more info):

"Here's some stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Boris Kovalev has been making ambient sound tools for over a decade. Back in 2011 I was messing with his AMBITRON and PSYBOX synths and having a lot of fun. see here

Well lately by chance I came across his latest work at 2MGT and I have to say, these are some nice tools for those of us interested in the ambient side of synthesis. Yes they are software, no real knobs to twist but they do sound really nice. Best part they are donation/freeware. I'd say they are as nice as anything Giorgio SanCristoforo is doing and getting $20 a pop for.

The UIs do take a little bit of initial head scratching to decipher and attain competence, but they offer nice eye candy to work with compared to say the current sparse dials only ones popular today.


EVOX is an Experimental Soundscape Synthesizer (standalone tool application for Windows) that employs two separate and programmable layers each with extensive FX and Modulation Matrix modules


Nasca is an standalone tool application for Windows that employs Wavetable / Granular / Sample-based synthesis in two separate and programmable layers each with extensive FX, Modulation Matrix, Chord Sequencer and two Arpeggiators modules which provide the user with maximum control over sound creation.

With the built-in 16steps Chord Sequencer and two Arpeggiators, long evolving ambient and atmospheric sounds can be created. Also, the Sequencer and Arpeggiators allows for more rhythmic based compositions or patches as well. It is possible to create an entire composition just by creating many layers.


Modularis / Analog Style Sequencing Tool / is the next instrument in the 2MGT suite of experimental synthesizers (standalone tool application for Windows).
No installation is necessary, and it works without problems in Windows XP...11.
Modularis is Free/Donate (the Free version has some limitations).
Dual 16 step sequencer with a built in synths that also has the ability to control other softsynths via it's MIDI out (will need a virtual MIDI cable).
Dual Layer Random Seed Pad Arpeggiator
Modularis has an extensive range of sound creation possibilities especially for Ambient, Berlin School as well as others genre of electronic music.
Modularis has a built-in Recording module.


Elumia / Sample Manipulation Tool / is the next instrument in the 2MGT suite of experimental synthesizers.
Elumia is a standalone tool application for Windows. No installation is necessary. Elumia is Free/Donate.
A free sample manipulation synthesizer housed in a simple and intuitive interface, Elumia is based on a granular synthesis method specially designed for creating and experimenting with ambient soundscapes and noise backgrounds with rhythmic elements."

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Spinning the dial on Clough Brengle oscillator, a late 1930s analog device

video uploads by Brian Comnes


"It's all analog for sure , from 1938!! Don Buchla was 1 year old at the time. Bob Moog was 4 !! Daphne Oram was only 13. It uses two heterodyned tubes oscillating around 80k hz and uses a monster variable capacitor to generate the differential frequency much akin to that used in a tube based theremin, and then to an internal tube amplifier

Best part of this device is it sweeps continuously from 40k hz to about 9k. Most bench oscillators have stepped narrower ranges Here's some vids. "

via this auction

"Used Clough Brengle Beat Frequency Oscillator Model 79C

Estimated from 1937 in good working order. see videos

This an all tube analog oscillator capable of sweeping form 30 hz to 9k hz CONTINUOUSLY .

All orIginal to my knowledge. MassiVe transformers, this thing weighs in at 20 pounds (which will make shipping a bit pricey) Has new grounded power cord

Includes one connector cable."

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 2015 WTPA2 / Where's The Party At v2 LoFi 8 Bit Sampler

Note: Auction links are affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.

via this auction

Note this is brian comnes aka baghead's WTPA2. You can see a few demos he made of it in this post from 2015.

"WTPA2 (short for Where’s The Party At v2) is a LoFi 8 bit sampler

WTPA2 is a precise and weird 8-bit audio sampler kit – hackable & open sourced – which does some stuff that no other samplers out there do.

Beside basic sampler functions like: recording, overdub, start/end/duration editing, backward/timestretch playback it has some more advanced functions like bitrate depth, realtime feedback looping, granularity settings, output sum mode (which lets you combine both of the sample banks in any way you want).

Samples can be saved and loaded from a micro-SD card or, if live sampling is used, into it’s 512k memory.

It has separate analog clocks for the two SRAM sample banks, allowing live samples to be pitched independently. Also, up to three independent voices can be played at a time and each can be controlled by seperate MIDI channels.

The sampler also has a CV-in that can make it play along with your modular or the like.

The video link is this unit in use.

This was built by me from a kit, it works great. Will include all documentation sent with kit - (emailed to you after purchase)

Because it is used electronics the only warranty is that it will not arrive DOA"

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Wingie2: New alternate tuning features in firmware v3.1

video upload by Dave Seidel

"Meng Qi's Wingie2 resonator is a unique musical device with many uses. As a user of microtonal tunings, I decided to try to add some microtonal abilities to the firmware, which is open source. I am happy to say that Meng has accepted my work, and it will be part of the v3.1 firmware release.

This video is meant to provide an overview of the new features, including details on usage, and a couple of demos. I hope you find it helpful, despite my primitive video skills. For more information, including details of each tuning and a ToushOSC template for switching between tunings, please go to

0:00 Intro
2:19 Selecting a tuning manually
4:39 Selecting a tuning using MIDI
5:28 Audio run-through of the tunings
10:27 Demo using Meta-Slendro tuning
12:59 Demo of tuned caves

Here is the v3.1 release:"

New features
Alternative Tunings (eight types)
Global mute/unmute in Cave mode

This one is in via brian comnes.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

K-Teck - Gem - Max for Live Binary Sequencer

video upload by K-Teck

"Out now: Gem - Binary Sequencer... Gem: Binary Sequencer
The heart of Gem is a 12 bit Linear Frequency Shift Register (LFSR)
The 12 points represent a binary number which is then scaled to create a note value
Every step rotates the binary sequence by 1, changing the note output
The sequence can be played either every step or as a euclidean pattern
Available here:"

This one in via brian comnes.

Friday, March 10, 2023

New K-Teck Shelley & Maybe Turing Machine Max for Live Sequencers

In via brian comnes.

via K-Teck

Shelley Features:

4 - Track percussion sequencer
Simple and fast user interface
Easy polyrhythms
Per-Track probability
Stackable - two or more devices can be used on the same track
Optimised for Ableton Drum Racks
Can be used with any percussion sampler or synthesizer

Maybe Features:

Turing Machine based step sequencer
Create changing, random Note and Trigger Sequences
Scale Scanning Module - a non-random way to select notes
Division based Trigger Sequence
Poly Mode Shift Registers - create strums and delayed note patterns

See for more.

Friday, February 03, 2023

Buchla LEM218 V3

This one in via brian comnes aka baghead.

Description via Buchla. See the dealers on the right for availability.

"The third iteration of one of the most used touch interfaces, the 218, as the LEM218v3: The 218e version3 Lunar Excursion Module. The first design appeared in the 1973 release of the Buchla Music Easel and named for the spacecraft that delivered astronauts to the moon. Providing the familiar piano key layout for this early mobile music machine, the additional controls and capabilities were an interface for exploring uncharted musical territory. With the new version 3, it’s been updated with a new foundation of stable, modern electronics and plenty of inputs and outputs to integrate with your Buchla, MIDI, and Eurorack gear.

MIDI Polyphony, Velocity & More!
More than just MIDI compatible, the LEM 218 v3 gives you a unique interface to playing your existing MIDI gear and soft synths. Each touch outputs note name, channel pressure, and velocity for every note, along with sustain controls from a pedal. Polyphonic MIDI mode lets you play chords. The touchstrip can act as a pitch bend control, or as a mod wheel for additional expressive control. Easily configured using the front panel controls, you can send notes and controls on any MIDI channel. Send the LEM some MIDI, and it gets converted to voltages and gates for eurorack and Buchla control.

Capacitive Magic
The incredible sensitivity and accuracy of the redesigned touch bed means the lightest touch will produce triggers and control voltage for your setup. The adjustable sensor has the dynamic range and durability to handle your playing. The new texture not only improves the sensing, but provides a satisfying tactile experience. As always, pressure is an expressive output, adding an extra dimension to the control. MIDI outputs velocity and polyphony, as well as channel pressure, making the LEM218 a uniquely expressive controller for all your synthesizers. The configurable touchstrip adds a fantastic addition for pitch bend or as an additional modulator to patch into your system

Get More For Your Euro
Even if you don’t have any Buchla products, the LEM 218 v3 is designed to work with your Eurorack-compatible gear. Four 3.5mm jacks output 1v/octave pitch, 0-8 volts pressure, touchstrip voltage, and gate outputs for use with Eurorack equipment. Or, combine your Euro with your Buchla instruments. If NATO can do it, so can you. The sound design possibilities will blow your mind

A pulse input allows the arpeggiator to be driven by external inputs and are allowed to interact with the automated notes to make the pattern more complex. Additional controls allow you to blend different patterns and randomness to easily change from the expected to the surprising

The classic preset voltage knobs offer several possible ways to shift your sounds into new territory. Not only can the knobs be used for quick access to voltages for your patch, they can control arpeggiation modes and octave shifting. Pads output pulses for additional control

Set It Up Your Way
Such a unique device will spark many ideas. With easy front panel configuration, you can quickly customize the velocity and pressure sensitivity, MIDI channel, knob behavior, and more. No cumbersome software setups, just simple settings with the keys and knobs, and you’re ready to play."

Mello 106 degrees

video upload by Brian Comnes

"Something to drink iced tea with - Spektro ACDGEN into O-Coast and then off to Wingie2 and on to an H9 resonator ..."

Friday, December 30, 2022

Textquencer iOS app by Cem Olcay turns lyrics into synth cool is that

video upload by Brian Comnes

"Sorry about the audio quality...this was to demo functionality, not create a track.
I find that pop song lyrics with repetitive phrases are nice due to recurring words. Also nice are lyrics from languages with a lot of vowels like Hawaiian , ..try Hopi too

Textquencer AUv3 Text Based MIDI Sequencer
Cem Olcay"

Saturday, December 17, 2022

K-Teck Aldais IV Euclidean Klee Step Sequencer for Max for Live

video upload by K-Teck

This one in via brian comnes, who sent in previous posts featuring K-Teck here.

via K-Teck:

"What you see is an upgraded Clock and Scale Scanner

The latest Euclidean Engine with unique Distro control to squeeze those events together

A completely new 1 control Klee section with output Matrix

Delays, when activated generates Strum and Delay effects through up to 4 Note Outputs...

Hiding under the hood are a couple of Shift Registers + Matrices

As always:
If you already bought any version of Adlais it will be in your User Area
If you haven't already registered, lease register here and all your devices will magically appear...
If not you can purchase here for only £12"

Friday, September 16, 2022

Southern Utah Synth Meetup #4

video upload by Brian Comnes

"At Utah Tech 8/15/22 - next one is January 19 2023 - be there or be square"

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

RIP Rob Hordijk - Creator of the Blippoo Box, Benjolin, and Hordijk Modular Systems

video uploads by Pedro Trotz

"Rob Hordijk explains his modular designs at the European Electro Music Event 2012 that took place at Mallorca - Spain."

Sad news in via an anonymous reader today, who spotted the following from Pedro Trotz on Mod Wiggler. Those of you that have been following the site should be familiar with Rob Hordijk's work through numerous posts on the site. Two of his most famous creations were the Benjolin and Blippoo Box.

"I am deeply saddened to announce that my friend and mentor, Robert Ernst Hordjik, passed away earlier today. He was an important part of my life and I am sure also of many others here. He will be greatly missed.

I first met him in the Chateau Sonore event he organized in Belgium, in July 2007. There, lots of similar souls shared our passion for electronic music and electronic instruments. There was a lot of G2 and modular talk, but also performances, instrument demos, concerts, rehearsals... That's when I first heard of the Blippoo, one of his first creations that made him famous.

A few years later he started his work on the modular system that has his name. I felt so grateful for his initiative in Belgium that I couldn't help but planning a follow-up, this time in Mallorca. This time, our meeting had a lot less participants but it was an even better opportunity to make friendships that will last for a lifetime. I believe that in this meeting, in a trip we made to the north coast of the island, between the mountains of the Serra de Tramontana and the Mediterranean Sea, is when Rob decided that he wanted to retire to Mallorca. I can't blame him. It was the middle of January and we were having a pic-nic on the side of a curvy road facing the sea and enjoying what we natives call "the little summer" which is something that happens from time to time in mid-winter when the sea suddenly calms and temperatures rise up to 20 degrees Celsius.

We had a Benjolin workshop, we talked a lot about his design philosophy, and I was happy to record the first series of videos about his modular System. The ones you can find in my Youtube channel. After that series of videos I asked him to build a modular for me and soon enough he came back to Mallorca to deliver it in person.

During this visits I introduced him to Biyi and they automatically made a great connection. Biyi went a few times to The Hague to assist him in the building of Blippoos and modular systems. He even built his own under Rob's supervision. We all three had the idea to start a company in Mallorca where Rob would make the designs, Biyi build the stuff and I would take care of the business side of things. It was all set-up. As soon as his obligations in the Netherlands were fulfilled he would come to Mallorca. The moment arrived but almost at the same time his illness and COVID made things extra difficult.

In one of our talks he said to me that the Benjolin, the Blippoo and the Modular System were his dearest creations and that he was honored to have made so many people happy with them. Let's honor his memory by using them and making the most beautiful sound imaginable.

Farewell, my friend. I love you." - trotz

The following is from the Synth DIY wiki page on Hordijk.

Born in 1958, self described "synthesizer designer and builder,[3]" Rob Hordijk began learning electronics from around age 12 after developing a fascination with the glowing tubes in stereo amplifiers.[1][4] When he was 14 his father who had noticed young Rob's interest gave him a subscription to an electronics course, which lead to an examination for a ham radio license.

Trained as a designer and not a musician, Rob came from an arts background, studying as a sculptor and jeweler in the 1970s. He approached electronic music in a similar spirit to abstract painting, inspired by the ambient works of Brian Eno, and Luigi Russolo's Intonarumori instruments; where attempts were made to blur the boundaries between music and art:[1]

"In those days I was quite interested in the idea of sound as a material to be sculpted, in the same way you can sculpt wood and metal. [...] You can make mechanical objects that make all sorts of sounds, or you can make electronic objects that make all sorts of sounds. but what I like about the electronic objects is that you don't see what makes the sound. [...] It opens the way to sort of make it a bit mysterious."[1]

In the early 1980s as various integrated circuits, micro-controllers, and processors became available to hobbyists, Rob began buying things such as the early Curtis chips and RCA 1802 based SuperElf processor board out of curiosity more than professional ambition.[1][5] Later switching to an Apple ][+ and the Mountain Hardware Music System, for which he developed a Forth language version that could do all sorts of stuff with the Mountain cards, like KarplusStrong-type plucked string sounds and pitch shifting.[5] His first introduction to a DSP was to the DMX1000 around 1984. In 1986 he switched to Atari ST and an Akai S900.[5] These days he is a Clavia Nord Modular G2 aficionado.[5]

"I am not really a gear freak. But I do believe in mastering synthesis techniques, in making synthesis a second nature, so to be able to fully concentrate on the creative processes."[5]

After finishing art school, Rob also completed 11 years of study in Information Technology, learning about design methods and inventory control.[1] As well as his own instruments Rob worked on the Nord Modular G2 including contributing many patches to the Nord Modular online community, and wrote a comprehensive unofficial manual of the instrument. He has produced music for environments, buildings, film, and dance performances, but is yet to produce an official release on a label.[5] As of 2022 Rob has announced his retirement and will no longer be taking orders.[6]

Design Philosophy
Rob's personal definition of a modular synthesizer is more to do with modulation than modularity; referring to functional modules as 'sections'. Everything is supposed to be able to modulate or effect everything else. All levels within the system are optomised for comparability with one another.[1]

See for more.

Update via brian comnes: Hordijk info on synthesis: - quite in depth.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Pics from Southern Utah Synth Meetup #3

A few pics in via brian comnes from the Southern Utah Synth Meetup #3.

I have to say I miss the smaller synth meets. They are usually more intimate and revolve around like-minded individuals sharing something in common. They are less about mini trade shows showing of new gear. That said, I do like mini trade shows as well! :) It's all good in my opinion.

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Geometric Benjolin

video upload by Brian Comnes

"KInda Dark IMHO"

Friday, May 06, 2022

Sensel to Discontinue Hardware Controllers

via Sensel

"As of May 5th, 2022, Sensel is discontinuing all hardware production runs indefinitely for the Morph and Morph accessories. We will continue to provide support through the end of July 2022. Read the official announcement here."

Announcement follows:

Sensel Morph Sunset

Ever since we sold out of Morphs in 2021, many of you have been eagerly awaiting updates about the availability of the Sensel Morph. Today, we can provide some closure and announce that unfortunately, Sensel will no longer be producing the current Morph.

Like many of you, we feel like we were able to only scratch the surface of the potential of the Morph, and we’re disappointed that we can no longer produce it. Production challenges were myriad: the unavailability of what was once a widely available microprocessor, the lack of supply of the resistive ink that was used for the Morph’s pressure sensor, travel restrictions, and internal competition with the rapidly growing demand for Sensel’s enterprise solutions.

Over the past year, we explored many avenues to restart production: pitching investors, partnering with other music companies, creative arrangements with high-volume manufacturers, and redesigning the Morph. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to shift our focus to our core enterprise business, especially in the laptop touchpad market. Sensel’s technology is currently being used in the haptic touchpads of Lenovo’s X1 Titanium Yoga and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Studio, and will be featured in several other models in the near future. We’re thrilled to enable the next generation haptic touchpads for Windows laptops, and to get our tech into the hands of millions of users.

For those of you who backed the Morph on Kickstarter or purchased one after, we sincerely thank you for being a part of the Sensel journey and helping us get to where we are today. We still can’t wait to see what you create. And for those who signed up for our back-in-stock notifications while we’ve been sold out, we apologize for the long wait and for not being able to fulfill your requests.

Making the Morph and seeing what creative people could do with it was incredibly rewarding. From the same controller, we saw virtuosic finger drum jams, slick productions, tripped out visuals, and interactive installations. The creative minds that got behind the Morph were just awesome. As we move forward with our enterprise business, we hope to influence those markets with what we’ve learned, and work with innovative tool-makers to bring the creativity and richness-of-interaction of the Morph to everyday consumer devices like laptops and phones.

Down the road, we will also rethink the Morph product line and potentially bring another consumer product to market. While there are no plans to do so right now, we welcome all feedback and suggestions.

You may have questions about how we intend to support the Morph moving forward. Please visit our Morph Sunset FAQ page for our end-of-life policies.

With appreciation,
The Sensel Team"


This one is in via brian comnes.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

K-Teck Bijou M4L Compact Euclidean Step Sequencer

video upload by Dave Dove

This one is in via Brian Comnes.

via K-Teck

Add (or subtract) 2 ordinary, variable length pitch sequencers

Combine that with a euclidean sequencer

Then pass it through a note quantiser

What do you get?


and that's not all...

Bijou expands to reveal a neat modulation section with 4 sources and 8 destinations

Bijou can pump out a simple wicked bassline or a long, never repeating generative treatise

All Bijou's power is in your hands

Bijou Step Sequencer is available as a Max for Live device for use only with M4L within Ableton Live

Bijou: Compact Euclidean Step Sequencer by K-Teck - Demo Improv #1
video upload by Jeremy dePrisco

"Demo of the new Euclidean sequencer by K-Teck. Bijou is a MAX for Live Plugin that can be used for a wide variety of generative music techniques."

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Buchla Easel EG and pulser wave shapes

video upload by Brian Comnes

Buchal Easel wave shapes seen through an oscilloscope.

Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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