Bastl Instruments making things that all mobile musicians should consider …

I’m a fan of Bastl and I have been since I first saw them in Frankfurt in 2014. They’re makers of excellent hardware and ever since I first met them they’ve made more and more excellent devices.

I met them in Berlin this year at Loop, as they were running a workshop and I was using the space for a workshop directly after them. They were kind enough to provide me with one of their new Kastle synths. I posted about Kastle a few weeks ago. It’s an awesome little device and packs way more punch than you’d ever think from a tiny little micro modular.

Bastl’s latest video on Kastle gives a detailed walk through of the synth and is really worth watching. But be warned, you might not be able to turn back!

But of course Bastl Instruments do so much more, and in fact their latest foray into DIY is a cause for celebration in itself. OMSynth miniLab is a circuit development and performance interface designed to help inventors quickly build and experiment with creative circuits. It was designed with beginners in mind but is perfectly suited for seasoned builders and complex circuit development.

In many ways OMSynth miniLab seems like a likely successor to Teenage Engineering’s now discontinued OpLab, although in many ways a lot more hands on and experimental. This is a device that could get people involved in some real experimentation, which can only be a good thing as far as I’m concerned.

If that wasn’t enough Bastl have also announced bitRanger ADDON boards, BITBOARD & SYNAPSIS. bitRanger in itself is an excellent experimental synth and these new add ons take it up to the next level. The BitBoard is a breadboard add-on module that allows users to build custom circuits and user interfaces for the BitRanger, and the synapsis is a 4×4 pushbutton matrix that offers performative control of the Bit Ranger.

When you add all of this up, what you get is a synth company who are really pushing the boundaries of modular, of experimentation, and of miniaturisation too. These are not easy boundaries to push. What Bastl are doing is hard, and yet they make it seem easy, effortless. That requires real skill and a generous helping of excellent design talent.

Personally, I think that Bastl have a very bright future. Who knows where they’ll go next, but wherever it is it’s going to be exciting and probably break some new ground. I’ll be watching whatever it is they do in 2017, and I bet it’ll be great.

I’ll leave you with this interview with Bastl after the workshop they did at Loop.


Boldport club has launched

If you don’t know about Boldport then you don’t know about amazing circuit design. I stronly suggest you go take a look. However, this is about Boldport club. A new subscription service to get you great circuits once a month at a very reasonable cost indeed.

If you like circuits you’ll love Boldport. If you love Boldport you’ll love Boldport club just as much.

Bare Conductive’s Project Spotlight from 2015

An interesting collection of projects to look back on from Bare Conductive. There’s one especially¬†interesting from a musical perspective. Hope you find them interesting too.

Awesome custom Palm Tungsten T3

And of course, it’s running Bhajis Loops. In fact, this device is specially made for Bhajis. I plan to get some better pictures of it soon and maybe even some video of it in action! If all goes to plan you’ll see it in action in the not too distant future!

How to use Eagle to design your own Arduino Shields

For the more adventurous here’s a piece on how to develop your own arduino shields using Eagle.

Via Make.

The Music Game by SpikenzieLabs

Seems like a useful project. Via Make.

Pd Extended on a Raspberry Pi

So I may have answered my previous question around musical applications of the Raspberry Pi. Here’s how to build Pd Extended on the Raspberry Pi!

What are the music making possibilities for Raspberry Pi

Having posted a shot from Concretedog about his experimentation with Raspberry Pi I started to wonder a bit more about the musical possibilities of the little board that’s captured so many imaginations.

I had heard that Alex was looking at a Sunvox port for Raspberry, but I haven’t heard more for a little while.

But is there anything else musical being developed for it? Anyone know?

Dirty Electronics!

What a great shot from the ever-awesome Dirty Electronics Orchestra.

iCircuit on iOS

Has anyone used this for any kind of prototyping of stuff for music? I return to it every now and then and then get too confused.

iCircuit - Krueger Systems, Inc.