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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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WARNING:
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: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00G99BZ4Q
  • Item model number: 650-0124
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required. (included)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,152 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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Keyboard

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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Microsequencer

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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Mix

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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Speaker

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
The sound is amazing and you will be playing and tinkering around for hours.
Vynny
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:
Filter
Micro Sequencer
2 Oscillators
Keyboard
Envelope
Delay
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 5 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steffan Piper VINE VOICE on July 20, 2014
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This is a great product to introduce young minds to the world of Electronics. Having taken many electronics courses over the years and spent many hours soldering stuff together, whether it be to fix toys, broken house-hold gadgets, or just for fun, this device kick-starts the process for young ones to see rudimentary parts and begin assembly in order to create something that actually works and makes sound.

This is great for kids from 5 - 15, if they're curious.

However, this is not something that can be just handed off to the child with a "Here! Look what you got from Grandpa!" kind of thing. You have to interact with your child (gasp! Imagine that?!) and give your best explanation without wasting too much time talking and just put stuff together.

After a few hours, my son was messing around with this all by himself and yes -- creating things that made annoying sounds! Go figure. That's what kids love, so let them have it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phantasmagoria on August 23, 2014
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Considering this is a bunch of bits designed I thought to teach kids about the various parts of a synthesizer, the sound is quite amazing when patched out. This set is an affordable solution to imitate the great MS-20 Korg keyboard from the 70s. Terrific analog sounds and sequencer on the top. The keys are little tiny but they play well and hold up to use. I have found many formations and have purchased a few extras for this little wonder and the results when adding an extra sequencer are interesting. This was a great way to show the kids how an electronic keyboard works and we now play with it everyday. I would have liked some bands to hold the pieces together those aren't included but sold on Little Bits website among many other add-ons. Tiny pieces very big sound and fun. Great packaging as well.
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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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