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Tuesday, July 09, 2024

What is a MIDIPan? (digital handpan/ steel tongue drum)

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"Shiela from @midi_in sent me her latest creation to check out. This is the MIDIPan which is a digital reimagining of a handpan or steel tongue drum. It's similar to her previous product, the MIDIKalimba [posted here], but feels very different to play."

Intro - 0:00
Product Overview - 1:13
Comparing to a steel tongue drum - 2:00
Using with a mobile device - 4:18
Non-handpan sounds - 4:53
Percussion mode - 6:01
Final Thoughts - 6:46

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Synido Tempo KEY K25 MIDI Controller: Unboxing & Demo

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"The folks at Synido sent me this MIDI controller to check out. This 25-key keyboard has a great feeling action along with mappable pads, buttons, and knobs. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better controller for the price."

Intro - 0:00
Unboxing & Overview - 0:42
Demonstration with SW Synth - 3:57
Demonstration with HW Synth - 7:38
Final Thoughts - 8:37

Synido App Download:

You can find the Synido on Amazon here.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Comparing the MIDIKalimba Prototype to the Production Model

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"You might have seen my previous video where I reviewed the MIDIKalimba prototype from Peacock Media. Now, the production model is shipping and @midi_in sent me one to check out. I like the new interface and firmware a lot. The new tine layout is really intuitive as well.

See the first video here: [posted here]

And you can find Shiela's website here:"

Monday, April 22, 2024

Collaborating with the Pet Rock over a Weekend (temporal synthesis experiment)

video upload by Musical Miscellany

Follow-up to this post.

"I thought this might be a fun experiment. I made this simple patch and allowed the Pet Rock to determine the rhythms over a 4-day period. Each day I made small changes to modulation, bpm, scale, etc, but the patch is relatively static. It sounds quite different from day to day.

You can learn more about the Pet Rock here:"

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

This Digital Kalimba Prototype is AWESOME!!!

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"My YouTube friend Shiela from @midi_in sent me this digital kalimba prototype for feedback. This is an early prototype. She's already made changes to the design, but it shows a lot of potential. I really like the idea of a MIDI controller that conforms to scales/modes and the interface is very intuitive.

Check out Shiela's website here:"

Intro - 0:00
Concept - 0:51
Overview & Scales - 2:03
Octaves - 3:50
Non-kalimba Sounds - 4:05
Using it in your tracks - 6:33
Velocity - 7:45
MIDI Connectivity - 8:24
What's Missing - 9:24
Conclusion - 10:24

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Overlooked Module #14: Synthrotek CF Crossfader

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"It's been a while since I've posted an Overlooked Modules episode. Today, I'm taking a closer look at the Synthrotek CF (Crossfader). This completely passive 2hp module is one every wiggler should own. It's not only handy to fill small gaps in your system, but it's genuinely useful in your patches. And since it's passive, you don't even need rackspace to use it.

Module page on Synthrotek's website:"

Thursday, March 28, 2024

The Full History of the Stylophone Pocket Organ (in 10 Minutes)

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"I recently started learning about Stylophones and I looked high and low for a video like this. I couldn't find one so I decided to do the research and make the video myself. I hope it helps someone else.

Introduction - 0:00
Vintage vs Modern Stylophones - 1:36
Generations 1, 2, & 3 - 2:49
The Stepchild - 5:50
Generations 4 & 5 - 6:34
Sound Comparisons - 8:38
Final Thoughts - 9:24"

Friday, March 22, 2024

What is the Pet Rock? (Eurorack temporal rhythm generator module)

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"I recently purchased a Pet Rock. Not the traditional pet rock from the 1970s, but a Eurorack module that creates rhythms based on the phases of the moon. It's a really cool concept created by Jonah Senzel and released at Knobcon 2023.

Intro & Theory - 0:00
Logistics - 1:47
Basic Rhythms & Clock Variances - 2:55
Adding Pitch Sequences - 5:25
Adding Delay - 5:57

You can purchase one here:"

Pet Rock made its first appearance on the site here.

"Pet Rock is a rogue-like rhythm generator which changes daily, with monthly modulations in style.

This 4hp Eurorack module generates a new rhythm every night at midnight that you have 24 hours to use. Pet Rock is like rhythm Wordle - everyone who owns the module gets the exact same rhythm. No internet connected needed.

Pet Rock has 2 independently clockable (gate in, gate out) 'A' and 'B' rhythms each day, so there's flexibility in how you use it/clock it. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ rhythms can be used together as one composite rhythm, split into two separate rhythms, etc.

Rhythm generation parameters change according to the real current moon phase. The overall "Mood" changes with every 30 day moon cycle to help keep things fresh. With each “Mood” change, Pet Rock switches between several custom algorithms to produce distinct styles.


Pre-orders are non-cancellable; please do not pre-order unless you are certain you want one.

synthCube is supporting Jonah’s manifesto and principle about the economics of the module as a ‘break-even’ proposition."

Introducing Pet Rock (the rogue-like moon based Eurorack Module)

video upload by Jonah Senzel

"more info at my website:

(oops moon cycles are 29.5 days, not 31 I tried editing it into the voice over and it sounded really weird so here's your only chance to learn this vital information)"

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

What Do Weeds Sound Like? | Bioelectric Skiff Project

video upload by Musical Miscellany

"At this time of year in Texas, the grass is still dormant but the weeds are not. I thought it might be kind of fun to see if the weeds had anything to "say". This lightweight battery-operated Eurorack skiff was handy to accomplish the task. I even threw in a kalimba for good measure."

Plant-based Music

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cool Find: Vintage 1970s Dubreq Stylophone

video upload by Musical Miscellany

You can find the Raconteurs Signature S-1 Stylophone mentioned previously posted here.

HAPPY LEAP DAY! I've been going down a bit of a Stylophone rabbit hole lately but I couldn't pass up this vintage treble model. It came with the original box and a lot of memorabilia. This 1970's Stylophone even has the mod which gives it a lower volume setting.

Intro - 0:00
Specs & Overview - 0:27
Volume Mod - 3:34
Sound Samples - 4:30
Old vs New - 5:54
Direct Audio - 6:54
Conclusion - 7:44"

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Cool Find: The Raconteurs Signature S-1 Stylophone (2008 Tour Item)

video upload by Musical Miscellany

You can find pics of one previously posted here.

"This was a cool pawn shop find. Back in 2008, The Raconteurs sold some limited edition S-1 Stylophones at their live shows. It's essentially a 2007 Stylophone Reissue with a special black & copper finish. The original would've included some tour memorabilia but this one didn't have it.

Intro - 0:00
Overview - 0:35
Quick Stylophone History - 1:58
Sound Demo - 3:13
Quick Comparison - 5:28
Final Thoughts - 6:22"

More Tiny Synths here:

See more Cool Finds here:

Thursday, February 08, 2024

The Axe & The Razor from Biopower Audio! (Eurorack ribbon controller & module)

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"I am excited to introduce The Axe & The Razor - a Eurorack controller and module - from @biopoweraudio. The Axe takes the traditional ribbon controller to the next level! It has a myriad of useful features and interfaces with your modular synthesizer via the 6hp Razor module. It's available as a DIY kit or a completed package via Biopower's website.

You can purchase them here:

Intro - 0:00
The Story Behind It - 0:27
The Razor - 1:38
The Axe - 2:27
Namesake - 3:41
How Do They Work Together? - 4:06
First Jam - 7:07
Conclusion - 9:10"

Thursday, February 01, 2024

Stylophone Gen X-1 Analog Synth: Unboxing & Demo

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"I've already unboxed a Sytlophone Beat and a Stylophone Bowie and today I'll be unboxing the Sytlophone Gen X-1. This is a fully-featured analog synthesizer with both a stylus and a ribbon controller. It also has sub oscillators, pulse width modulation, and an external input."

Intro - 0:00
Unboxing & Overview - 0:55
Controls & Jacks - 2:19
Sound Samples - 3:39
Final Thoughts - 11:36

Monday, January 29, 2024

Plant-based Jam (Eurorack + Flower Fields) | Jamuary Week 5 | 2024

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"To wrap up Jamuary of 2024, I decided to use the bioelectric skiff I made and pair it with a snake plant the Flower Fields (from Error Instruments). The plant interacts with the modular via the Garden Listener from Clatters Machines."

Monday, January 22, 2024

Glitch on the Floor (small synths + harp) | Jamuary Week 4 | 2024

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"Continuing with my Jamuary series for 2024, I decided to do a glitchy improv using a random collection of instruments. The list includes: Error Instruments Acid Bee, Moffenzeef Jarmaggeddon, Dave Smith MoPho desktop, KORG KO-2 Kaossilator, Error Instruments Blind Noise Nano, & AKlot 15-string Harp."

Monday, January 15, 2024

Dueling Stylophones (Bowie + Beat) | Jamuary Week 3 | 2024

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"I recently unboxed both of these Stylophones (Stylophone S-1 Bowie & Stylophone Beat) so I decided to do a jam with both of them together. I also added the audio track from ma vintage WWII-era US Army training film.

See more Jamuary Videos here:"

Friday, January 12, 2024

Stylophone S-1 Bowie: Unboxing & Demo (Limited Edition w/optional case)

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"I got this as a Christmas present. The Stylophone Bowie is a limited run of the S-1 Stylophone dedicated to the late David Bowie. It functions like a normal S-1 Stylophone but has a slightly different aesthetic. I also check out the Limited Edition case in this video.

Intro - 0:00
Stylophone Unbox & Overview - 1:13
Case Unbox & Overview - 2:54
Sound Samples (direct audio) - 3:33
Included Tabs - 6:33
Internal Speaker Demo - 7:44
Conclusion - 8:37"

Monday, January 08, 2024

Volca Beats + Volca Bass + MoPho + Juno-Gi | Jamuary Week 2 | 2024

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"Continuing with my Jamuary series, here's another Monday morning jam. I decided to use the KORG Volca Beats, KORG Volca Bass, Dave Smith (DSI) MoPho, and Roland Juno-Gi together. The combination seems to work."

Monday, January 01, 2024

Electric Kazoo Meets Modular Synthesizer | Jamuary Week 1 | 2024

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"Happy New Year! To celebrate Jamuary 2024 I'm planning to do a jam every Monday. It just so happens there are 5 Mondays in January this year, so this will be the first of 5 videos. For today's vid, I paired my electric kazoo with my Eurorack modular synthesizer."

Friday, December 22, 2023

Plugging Most Expensive Synth into Cheapest Synth (Eurorack into Monotron Delay)

video upload by Musical Miscellany (Poorness Studios)

"FRIDAY FUN... what happens if I take my most expensive synthesizer (Eurorack Modular Synth) and plug it into my cheapest synthesizer (KORG Monotron Delay)? Watch this video to find out."

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