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littleBits Electronics Synth Kit

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  • Modular analog synthesizer made up of 12 BitsTM modules that snap together with magnets to create circuits in seconds
  • Create amazing sounds right out of the box while learning the basics of analog synthesis
  • Project booklet with step-by-step instructions for creating a wide array of sound circuits and projects
  • Box transforms into a ready-to-use performance station that can connect to recording or live sound equipment
  • Combine the little Bits Synth Kit with other little Bits modules to make expressive interfaces, or creations that span light, motion and sound!
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model Number650-0124
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?Yes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 4 x 2.8 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00G99BZ4Q
  • Item model number: 650-0124
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required. (included)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,615 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product Description

littleBits Synth Kit
littleBits Synth Kit
littleBits Synth Kit

littleBits and Korg have demystified a traditional analog synthesizer, making it super easy for novices and experts alike to create music.

A Modern Take on Analog Synthesizers

From the Beatles to Björk, legendary artists have used analog synthesizers to produce complex sounds and innovative music. For the first time ever, the littleBits Synth Kit will enable anyone to build their own sound machines with little to no engineering or musical knowledge. Included is a handy 35+ page booklet, with step-by-step instructions for 10 great projects like the Keytar and Synth Spin Table. You'll also receive a 9V battery + cable, everything you need to get started right out of the box.

What's in the kit?

12 modules that give you everything you need to make a powerful analong synthesizer: Power (w/ 9-volt battery), Oscillators (2), Keyboard, Microsequencer, Envelope, Random, Filter, Mix, Split, Delay, and Speaker

Oscillator, Filter, and Envelope modules
Oscillator, Filter, and Envelope modules
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Oscillator, Filter, and Envelope

The oscillator module are the main sound source in the Synth Kit. They feature a "pitch" knob to adjust its output tone and a "tune" dial for adjusting the tuning when using with the keyboard. They also features a mode switch that selects between "square" and "saw" waveforms. The envelope module modifies the loudness contour of a sound. This envelope has two controls: "attack"and "decay". You can use its third bit-snap to trigger the envelope from different sources, like the keyboard. The filter has the most effect on the sound’s character or timbre. Use it to brighten the sound. The "cutoff" knob sets the frequency to be emphasized, and the other controls peak.

Keyboard module
Keyboard module
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The keyboard lets you play melodies- it features 13 switches that make up an entire octave of notes. It has two modes: "press" (which only produces output when you press a switch) and "hold" (which will hold the last note you played). It also features an octave control which changes the playable range. In addition to its main output, which is great for controlling our oscillators, it also has a "trigger out", which you can send to the "trigger in" of envelope or other littleBits modules

Microsequencer module
Microsequencer module
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The micro sequencer sends out voltages based on the position of each of the four “step” knobs. Connect it to an oscillator and it will step through the "sequence" consecutively to make a melody (The LEDs tell you which step is active). Turn a knob all the way counter-clockwise to make the step silent. Use it in "speed" mode to set the speed using the dial, or flip the switch to “step” mode to use an input module like a pulse or button for control. In addition to its main output, it also has a trigger output, which you can send to any of your other Bits modules.

Mix module
Mix module
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The littleBits mix module allows you to combine two inputs and send them to a single output. It also has a volume control for each of its inputs -- that's where the 'mixing' comes in. Use it to play two oscillators on a single speaker!

Speaker Module
Speaker Module
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The synth speaker amplifies your sonic explorations! You can control the volume with a dial at the front of the module. It also features an output jack that you can connect to headphones, an amplifier, or a computer. The speaker is connected with 3M Dual Lock so it can be removed from the circuit board. To reattach, simply press together firmly.

Build a circuit
Build a circuit
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Customize your synth

The modular nature of littleBits with the magnetic connections allow you to quickly customize your synth to get the sounds you need in seconds. Use your synth on it's own, multi-track it in your computer, or connect it to your other synthesizers and music equipment!

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Customer Reviews

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Well worth a look.
Jon Norris
The sound is amazing and you will be playing and tinkering around for hours.
The littleBits/KORG synth kit is really unique.
Mitch Martin

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Martin on March 11, 2014
The littleBits/KORG synth kit is really unique. I didnt know what to expect when I first received it...I certainly didnt expect it to be able to deliver quality sound in such a small package. What I think most people will find compelling is that the kit is flexible/powerful enough for true musicians/DJs but it's also intuitive enough for a novice to pick up and begin to understand how a synthesizer works.

The kit comes with:
Micro Sequencer
2 Oscillators
and more

Bought mine on the littleBits site after seeing the ad on Amazon and got it within a few days. Bonus was that I saw some cool projects on littleBits' site for ways to use the kit and combine it with other equipment.

Highly recommend this for all levels of musicianship and teenagers-adults
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MKinz on July 21, 2014
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This is the third littleBits set that we own and it is by far the favorite. This kit allows so much imagination to build and create, but also has some pretty straight forward projects for those that are newer to littleBits and their imagination isn't quite there. As always with the littleBits, I wish it would include a pegboard to snap pieces into. The magnets are not strong enough and it is frustrating for little guys when they keep falling apart. I also wish they came with more ideas in their idea book. I would also say that if you are new to littleBits, this is just a music oriented set. If you are not highly into music, then I would do another starter set instead. This one, however, would be most favorable for the younger audience. Other than that, I would highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2014
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I was 14 years old when the revolutionary "Switched On Bach" album appeared, and it's almost impossible to convey the excitement the LP created in the music world to someone who wasn't around at the time. We'd all heard the beeps and whoops of Sci-Fi movie special effects, the seemingly chaotic sounds of Musique Concrete, and of course the strains of the Theramin, but here was an electronic instrument that not only made sounds very much like those of traditional instruments, it was capable of playing music from the standard classical repertoire! Bob Moog had created a new class of electronic instrument capable of being played by any keyboardist, and Wendy (née Walter) Carlos had used it to create a brilliant and mind-bedding album of Bach pieces. Suddenly everyone wanted a synthesizer. The instruments of that time were crude, by today's standards, and not capable of the sophisticated mimicry of today's synthesizers. You had to work at a primitive level, stringing together oscillators, filters, and amplifiers to approximate acoustic sounds. These instruments weren't cheap, either; a very basic set of modules could easily cost more than a new car, and produced, by today's standards, very crude sounds.

Curiously, as synthesizers became cheaper and more powerful, many musicians started longing for the crude sounds of those early synths. Analog synthesizers started to become popular again even as digital synths were able to produce sounds almost indistinguishable from real instruments. Microcomputers and microelectronics lowered the price of making an analog synth until you could purchase a Korg Monotron for under fifty bucks. I had two Monotrons, and while they were at fun, they didn't have the flexibility of working with patchable modules like the original Moog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Technology Guy on July 23, 2014
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Korg has been catching my attention with some really interesting products these past couple of years: the KORG DS-10 Synthesizer for Nintendo DS actually compelled me to run out and purchase a DS even though I'm not much of a gamer and the Korg KAOSSILATOR and Korg KAOSSILATOR 2 have taken hours and hours of my time since their introduction. And now there's the littleBits Electronics Synth Kit.

THIS is the electronics kit that I'd always wanted but which never existed. Until now. LittleBits and Korg got together and produced something totally amazing - a modular hardware-based analog synthesizer kit for a mere $159 (check out the PAiA catalog of professional analog synthesizer modules to see how that $159 stacks up). Amazing. Audacious. And so totally cool!

OK, I'll (try to) stop gushing for a moment -- here's the skinny. LittleBits is known for creating a number of magnetically coupled modular electronics kits... which, to be perfectly honest, is not necessarily something I'd normally find very interesting as I'm a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-heat-up-the-soldering-iron kinda technology guy. But an analog synthesizer is perfect for the modular approach and the littleBits Electronics Synth Kit gets it right.
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