By Giuseppe Acito


Oplab by Teenage engineering overview

This video gives you a basic overview of the Oplab musical experiment board.
It shows names of all the available ports and illustrates a few basic ways to use Oplab.
Click the video to play. Enjoy!

The Bleep Drum Module for littleBits

The Bleep Drum is a lo-fi Arduino based drum machine. Dr. Bleep thought it would play nicely with littleBits.…

The littleBit module version allows you to trigger it from any changing signal such as a a sequencer, button, or all manner of bits.

These crunchy samples go great with the smooth sounds of the synth modules!

Dr. Bleep and company think it would be a great addition to the littlebits library. Head over to…
if you think so too!

All audio direct from what you see. The littleBits proto module at the end of the chain is used to give direct audio output.

MUTE: music productions and much more

Mute and Dirty Electronics are delighted to announce the release of the Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII), a hand-held synth and sequencer designed in collaboration with the designer and writer, Adrian Shaughnessy. The MSII follows the first Dirty Electronics Mute Synth (MSI), originally created for the legendary Short Circuit presents Mute event at the Roundhouse in 2011.

MSII’s elegant design and focus on usability pushes through a pick-up-and-play approach, and switches and knobs, in conjunction with the touch controls inherent in the MSI, enable complex and infinite rhythms and sounds to be created.

And watch the synth in action here:

Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII) features:

Noise generator
Wave shaping (triangle – square)
Buffered output
External clock option
Touch and knob/potentiometer controls
Mini patchbay

Dotmatrix display (external module)
PCB artwork
Bend and hack points
Expansion board capability
Mini jack/headphone output
Battery powered (9v battery not included)

Mute Synth II is available to pre-order now HERE

There will come the Elastic Drums

From the Mouse on Mars instruments page I’ve discovered the announce of forthcoming release of this app for IOS iPhone and iPad. It looks like very cool although it remind me my favorite virtual drum machine Sonic Charge Microtonic but this is for touchable devices…I can’t wait (of course)!

From the MOM’s site:

Elastic Drums is an iOS app with 6 channels of synthesized sounds, a step sequencer and 4 effect channels, all tweak-able in an elastic way.

The first release will be iPhone optimized only. The second release will be optimized for iPad, it will be landscape instead of portrait mode, a one screen user interface and many more optimizations and additional features.

– iPhone version: End of 2014
– iPad version: Beginning of 2015


The basic idea was to create an easy and fun in handling drum app, with a genuine sound, an Instrument with it’s own character, not a virtual clone of any classic instrument.
Elastic Drum works with drum synth modeling, so the drum sounds are much more „elastic“ compared to the use of samples, most drum apps do so far. The sounds can be changed more drastically and combined with an elastic effect section Elastic Drums can be even a tool for sound-design, not only for creating beats.
Hardware originals would be the Korg Electribes for their ease of use handling and the recoding of parameter and the Elektron Machine for it’s concept to have different switchable drum synth models for every sequencer channel. This, combined with the possibilities of software and touch screens and non-analog sound effects like grainy delay lines, etc.

See some tutorial videos



“808” The heart of the beat that changed music

This is the official trailer of “808” Film that Coming in 2015
“808” features appearances and commentary from: Arthur Baker, Pharrell, David Guetta, Phil Collins, Lil Jon, Afrika Bambaataa, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Rick Rubin, Diplo, Goldie and more.

Produced by You Know Films in association with Atlantic Films
Directed by Alexander Dunn
Executive Producer: Alex Noyer
Producers: Alex Noyer, Craig Kallman & Alexander Dunn
Producer & Co-Executive Producer Arthur Baker for Re-Covered Content Ltd
Written by Alexander Dunn & Luke Bainbridge

Follow 808 online:

Make a 16\44.1KHz WAV trigger sampler with 45$

The WAV Trigger was born from the collaboration between Robertsonics and Sparkfun, it is an audio development platform that allows you to easily add music and sound effects to your project. The WAV Trigger plays uncompressed WAV files up to 16-bit stereo 44.1kHz, the same quality as audio CD’s. One significant feature is that the board has the ability to play multiple tracks at the same time, mixing up to 8 stereo tracks together on the fly. The board has an audio jack for use with headphones or speakers and a 2 pin output that can be connected to a speaker for audio output.


  • Input voltage: 6-15VDC
  • Current Consumption: 80mA idle, 120-200mA playing
  • File system: FAT16/FAT32
  • Audio out: 1/8″ stereo headphone jack
  • Audio out: On-board 2W mono amplifier speaker output
  • Trigger inputs: 3.3-5V, default active low inputs with internal pull-ups
  • Serial: Full duplex, 8N1, 57.6K baud, MIDI
  • Polyphonic: Play and mix up to 8 stereo tracks independently and simultaneously


Glitch invasion in Time square

Every day this month, for three minutes before midnight, some of the giant electronic billboards in Times Square flicker violently in rectangular sequences of black and white. This is not a glitch. It’s test pattern [times square], an electronic piece by Paris-based Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, reworked for 47 screens across five blocks of one of the most iconic and irritating places in the world.