I’ve been waiting for this for a while now. It looks really great and it is from some of the people behind the Mute Synth (I and II), both of which are excellent (although I probably prefer II).
Polytik describes itself as a collection of beautifully designed hand-held synth modules exploring the border between play and sound. Which sounds right up my street.
Here’s what the Kickstarter page says …
Born out of a DIY ethos and the maker community, Polytik has been crafted into something very different – a series of beautifully designed objects in their own right.
Polytik is open-source hardware and encourages users to make new modules and hacks.
The brainchild of John Richards and Jack Featherstone in collaboration with Artists & Engineers, these hybrid analogue/digital devices can produce a palette of sounds ranging from angular rhythmic sequences to abstract noise, pads and drones. The synths are designed to be tactile, to be held and touched when playing.
Polytik comprises four separate, colour-coded, battery powered modules. Every Polytik system needs a Core module and at least one sound module. The sound modules connect to the core with ribbon cables, these carry audio and control data to connect the system together giving you a single audio output for all modules. You can have up to three sound modules connected at one time.
The Starter Pack comprises a Core module and a Combi module, which we think is a really good way to start using Polytik.
Core (Blue) – A sequencer, programmer and mixer. YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS MODULE TO START, you can then add any or all of the other modules to expand your experience.
Combi (Black) Voltage-controlled feedback, voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) and filtering
VCO (Red) Voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) and voltage-controlled filter (VCF)
Noise (Yellow) Noise generator, patchable feedback networks and voltage-controlled filter (VCF)
For more information take a look at the Kickstarter page.