littleBits Electronics Synth Kit
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||12.25 x 4 x 2.75 inches|
|Number of Pieces||10|
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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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How we got our start?littleBits was my experiment to make engineering more fun, more playful, and more inviting to people who aren’t engineers. I took it to Maker Faire in 2009, and suddenly people started lining up to play with the Bits. I realized there was a real opportunity to inspire kids to invent with technology.
What makes our product unique?littleBits invented the electronic building block! Our magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions, transforming the way kids learn so they can grow up to be tomorrow’s changemakers no matter their age, gender, race, nationality, or ability.
Why we love what we do?I'm inspired by all our makers. We have a young girl in our community who is teaching herself to code and prototype an echo-locator device with littleBits. Others have made pet activity monitors or autonomous driving robots. The creativity and inventive spirit of kids using our Bits blows me away.
The littleBits synth kit is an incredibly powerful, easy to use modular synthesizer that helps you unleash your inner rockstar. The Synth Kit, developed in partnership with KORGx, a pioneer of electronic musical equipment, enables amateur and professional musicians to easily explore the iconic synthesizer instrument. This allows you to make exciting new sounds and build your own infinitely customizable and expandable analog modular instrument - all with little to no engineering or musical knowledge. The Synth Kit includes an assortment of 12 electronic Bits that instantly snap together with magnets to create circuits like those used in Korg's famous analog synthesizers.
- Kit includes 12 Bits like the speaker, oscillator and keyboard to help you create sweet beats
- Includes booklet of 10 projects and with hundreds more online
- Connects to speakers, computers, headphones, and any instrument with an output jack for an amplifier
- Can be used to make your own instruments, like a synth-guitar
- Fits into the littleBits platform for infinite combos of audio, visual and sensory experiences
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I'd love to be able to recommend the kit, but due to the issue with the magnets, I feel I can't. Great for learning, but frustrating if you want to have a working project in the end. The broken part was a huge letdown, too.
UPDATE: There are mounting boards available that I was unaware of, so if you have an issue with your project coming apart too easily, a solution exists. Also, the customer service was very helpful. Getting the defective part replaced was quick and painless to say the least. I'd still recommend getting extra connectors and some sort of push button along with this product, but it seems the remainder of my gripes have been addressed. Very likely to pick up a few additional pieces.
You can slap the keyboard into an oscillator, snap on the speakers, and (with the power module too) you've got music. Want a more complex sound, just snap another oscillator between the first one and the speaker. And maybe the filter. Want a sound that fades up, or attacks like a piano key? Add the envelope. You don't even need to know what any of them do, because the accompanying guide book starts with basic projects and builds up. With some quick explanations, but honestly just putting them together gives you a pretty good idea what they do (though I must admit to having prior experience).
The only real point of dissatisfaction is that the keyboard is both very basic/klunky (due to having just normal button switches, not "keys" per se), and very short in range. Even reaching like half an octave more could make a difference.
Also, some modules (like the filter) seem to get into a funky state from however it was previously used, and connecting to briefly to the trigger rather than the input seems to clear that up.
It's amazing how fast you can get started, and how quickly you can alter your chain of modules (soooo quick...). I bought it as a Christmas gift for kids, but I was the first to start playing with it. Then the kids saw how cool and easy it was, and excitedly took over :D
The LittleBits Synth kit is great for desktop play and better for the busy musician who wants to compose simple loops, beats, or parts on the go, provided you work at a desk job, and one that doesn't mind sounding like they're trapped in the 80's again.
The coolest thing I've done with this is hooking it up via the headphone out to record into my setup at home. We sampled the synths I'd created, made them into MIDI, and then were able to run it through a number of plug ins and filters, and do some really, really cool things with the sounds.
Overall, you're only going to be limited by your own creativity. Totally worth it!