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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
  • 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: #11,283 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 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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Well worth a look.
Jon Norris
After a few hours, my son was messing around with this all by himself and yes -- creating things that made annoying sounds!
Steffan Piper
The littleBits/KORG synth kit is really unique.
Mitch Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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1 of 1 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 Sam M. Tannenbaum VINE VOICE on July 2, 2014
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Despite being a ubiquitous element of much of modern music, sound synthesis remains a quantity unknown to most people. The littleBits kit is a perfect entree into that world for ANYONE who's interested.

Audio synthesis is the art and science of taking raw electronic signals and manipulating them to create different kinds of sounds. The littleBits kit breaks the essential components of a synthesizer out into discrete 'bits', allowing dabblers to understand how each component factors into the finished aural product.

Though this seems to be designed with a younger audience in mind (it'll make a great school project or something along those lines), the kit and the literature it comes with will be useful for ANYONE who wants to learn the basic concepts. As a bonus, it's actually a fairly versatile synth for the price, so adventurous musicians and producers may find they can create some useful sounds with it.

There's really no precedent for this, so my five-star rating is predicated on two factors: the educational value and the practical value for musicians.
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I have owned a lot of keyboards from high end to low, expensive to cheap and you know which one sticks in my mind as truly ground breaking? The tiny Casio VL-1 mini keyboard, part of the casio VL tone range. It was a miniscule battery operated keyboard and calculator combo that had basic preprogrammed tones such as piano and violin and a very poppy drum kit. It also had a very limited sequencer and offered fantasy sounds and very, very simple ADSR synth settings. It was a great little tinny sounding toy whose features belied its looks and price.

Well take that little thirty year old toy keyboard and smash it with a mallet... What do you end up with? Korg's littleBits modular synthesizer kit. But more so than that this kit offers real synth and audio processing options as well as a tiny keyboard all put together in a Lego-esque way.

This kit teaches you so much about synth ideology, sound processing, electronic construction and audio flow it's like going to college for a month or even longer. Except this is fun, inexpensive and you'll learn more in an hour than a week at school.

I'm truly blown away by littleBits. The sound is amazing and you will be playing and tinkering around for hours. You can't break anything and it's all safe enough to give to young ones to experiment with as it runs off a nine volt battery. I've even seen larger projects made using this key such as custom keytars and weird musical arrangements. The limit is your imagination.

In a nutshell, if you want to learn about synths and how the sound is actually formed then you can't get better than this, the fact that it's a real synthesizer with all the trimmings is astonishing at this price and I can't recommend high enough both for newcomers and old pros alike. Utterly mind blowing synth kit product.
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