Better late than never, here’s what I think about Korg’s littleBits Synth Kit

I’ve had the Korg kit for a little while now and I’ve been playing about with it over a few weeks. It is in many ways a toy, something for play, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re for kids. That’s not the case at all. In fact, the korg kit is a great set of tools for trying out ideas. Add to that the fact that the kit really is tiny and it makes it a very compelling way to test ideas and build up little synth patches.

Of course, you’d expect me to have a few wishes for what I’d like to see next from this kit, and I do.

  1. MIDI: The whole thing is crying out for a MIDI module that allows you to at least send some notes into a patch. I’d settle for that. I’m not looking for CC or anything fancy to start with.
  2. Audio in: Ok, there is a mic ‘bit’ you can buy, but I sort of thing that this should have been a part of the kit from the beginning.
  3. A bigger sequencer: 4 notes is ok, but you need lots more I think.
  4. A better envelope: At the moment the envelope module is just an attack / release and that’s it, so it really needs something a bit better for shaping.
  5. An LFO: because…

So it isn’t a big list, I don’t think I’m asking too much am I?

So what can you actually do with this kit?
That’s probably the most important question. The honest answer is just have fun. The kit makes some great sounds and the actual sound quality is very high in my opinion. Aside from that it isn’t going to integrate into anything for now. However, if you’re looking for something to play with, I can recommend this.

Of course the situation may well change. LittleBits and Korg may happily make a nice MIDI module for this kit, and at that point it’ll become something very interesting indeed. I hope that’s the case as it’s just crying out for MIDI.

What’s next?
Well I hope to have a couple of audio examples available early next week so you can hear what the kit sounds like, and then you can expect more regular videos and stuff from me.

Messing around with the Molecule Synth and littleBits Korg Synth Kit (video)

Just having some fun putting these two together as they sort of have a similar purpose.

Experimenting with configurations

Audiobox for Windows Mobile running on a Dell Axim

fugue 1.2 already submitted to the app store

Here’s what to expect …

  • Added an Audio On/Off button. This allows you to hear your sequence without requiring a MIDI-compatible app or external gear connected. Note that this audio does not include the preview of Track Length settings, the tones played are of fixed length.
  • Ability to transpose a track within the range of -24/+24 semitones
  • Ability to set the direction that the sequence plays on a track. By default you will see that the direction stated above each track is “»” or “Forward”. Dragging the track column up all the way will switch the direction to “«” or “Backward”.
  • Ability to flip the sequence notes on a track. This is a bit of an experimental feature at this stage. The “Edit Sequence” page has the ability for you to select a MIDI note range between note 21 and note 108. When a track is switched to “Flipped”, each note in the sequence, by MIDI number is subtracted from note 108. Therefore, a low note in your sequence will become a high note, and vice-versa. You will be able to achieve all kinds of interesting chords and clashes using this feature! By default you will see that the “Track flip” value above each track is “std”, or “normal”. Dragging the track column up all the way will switch the “Track flip” value to “flp” or “flipped”.
  • Cut down the amount of graphical content rendered on the screen at once. This greatly reduces the CPU load on the device, allowing it to be used in conjunction with other CPU heavy musical apps.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 + Propellerhead Figure iPhone app real-time recording

AUFX:Dub update arrives

Lots of nice tweaks in the latest version of AUFX:Dub:

  • On/Off toggles for feedback cut filters
  • Hard/Soft feedback clipping mode
  • Random/sine warble LFO mode
  • Decrease minimum warble rate to 0.1Hz
  • Warble stereo separation toggle
  • Show real feedback value, 100% means infinite repeats
  • Allow feedback to 150%
  • Many new presets
  • Fix stereo reversion, left out should be left in
  • Fix bug that gave mono input with Inter-App Audio
  • Fix flipped MUTE IN toggle
  • Fix flipped feedback invert toggle
  • Compensate for limiter latency when used as Audiobus filter
  • Minor tweak for IAA host transport panel

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