Obscura – an inexpensive minimal chiptunes MIDI synth

November 5, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 


Arcano Systems has introduced the Obscura – an inexpensive minimal chiptunes MIDI synth.

Obscura is an Arduino-compatible 8-bit synthesizer that allows you to create NES, C64, and Amiga-style chiptune music by simply connecting a MIDI device.

No programming is required. This monophonic MIDI synth comes programmed with software that includes 16 preset patches.

  • Patch 0: 12.5% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 1: 25% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 2: 50% duty-cycle pulse waveform
  • Patch 3: sawtooth waveform
  • Patch 4: 8-bit sine waveform
  • Patch 5: 4-bit triangle waveform
  • Patch 6: 8-bit triangle waveform
  • Patch 7: arpeggiated octaves (25% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch 8: arpeggiated octaves (50% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch 9: arpeggiated octaves (8-bit sine)
  • Patch A: arpeggiated octaves (8-bit triangle)
  • Patch b: vibrato (12.5% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch C: vibrato (25% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch d: vibrato (50% duty-cycle pulse)
  • Patch E: vibrato (8-bit sine)
  • Patch F: vibrato (4-bit triangle)

Users with programming experience will be able create their own custom software for Obscura using the Arduino IDE. (Obscura is based on the Arduino Leonardo platform.) Arduino pins 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 13 are broken out for hardware hacking and experimentation.

The Obscura is being developed as a Kickstarter project. The synth is available to project backers starting at US $95.

Toa Mata Band – Listen to the LEGO robotic band

September 7, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno, which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video (the fourth episode) the robots are playing another tribute, this time to the coolest electronic music duo ever. Enjoy!

The performance was recorded live in July 2015.

Artwork: Giuseppe Acito
Camera: Giulio Masieri
Music: de Homem-Christo\Bangalter (Daft Punk)
Performed: Toa Mata Band

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This video is only a showcase of my works, it’s not for commercial

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Toa Mata Band – Depeche Mode cover with LEGO robotic band

August 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth.
The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80’s.
The performance was recorded live in July 2014.

This video is only a showcase of my works, it’s not for commercial

Artwork:Giuseppe Acito
Camera: Luca Zanna for ZeD video project
Music: Martin Lee Gore
Performed: Acito & Toa Mata Band


Arduino Nano PS/2 Keyboard Synth

August 3, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

PS/2 Keyboard Synth with drum and bass sequences,
programmed on arduino Nano.
Sound generation by S1 Wavetable MIDI Waveblaster Compatible Synth (http://www.serdashop.com/)
Crappy noisy sound due to nikon camera microphone used in this video.
In reality it sounds like this : http://youtu.be/ZNzDZ4HZ4p8
Project information and link to source code :http://hackaday.io/project/2148

Grassi Box – Analysis

July 23, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Grassi Box is a MIDI-to-relay piece of hardware (built by Dan Wilson of Circitfied) based on an Arduino teensy and some accompanying software tools built in Max. The idea is to be able to control a variety of my ciat-lonbarde instruments from a computer.

In this video the audio from the guitar is being analyzed (in real-time) to find the nearest preset/combination/permutation from a set of 6884 pre-analyzed presets.

Filmed by Angela Guyton

For more information visit:

noizevil Shooting Star, WMD Geiger Counter, Mooer Ana Echo, Arduino, LED Strip Light

July 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

noizevil Shooting Star, WMD Geiger Counter, Mooer Ana Echo, Arduino, LED Strip Light


LegoTechno 2.0 – Sliding Puzzle Sequencer (littleBits Synth + Arduino + CV + NI Maschine + Lego)

June 15, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A Lego Sliding Puzzle Sequencer Controls NI Maschine to sequence three littleBits Synth Kits through control voltage (CV) from an Arduino.
Also sends out OpenSoundControl OSC and audio to control reactive visuals on different computers.

Interacting with rythmic patterns through a tangible sliding puzzle allows for some interesting polyrythmic adventures.

What’s going on there?

Lego bricks can be placed on a eight transparent Lego base plates (16×16) to create rhythmic beat patterns.
Each of the eight baseplates holding the patterns can be moved around on a transparent surface. Whatever pattern (or part of a pattern) is placed in the center of the surface is filmed from below using a Webcam. The image of the brick pattern is analyzed and converted into Midi and OSC Messages that are sent to an Ardunio board, the Maschine Software (and another computer that generates dynamic visuals from the OSC Messages and the audio). An Arduino board turns the Midi Messages into control voltages to control three littleBits Synth kits that generate the sounds. Additional sounds can be injected from the Maschine software.

Made at Music Hack Day 2014 at the Sonar Festival, Barcelona.


See the original LegoTechno Sequencer in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5uwn…

The Team:
Kristian Gohlke / Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Michael Hlatky / Native Instruments
Tobias Baumbach / Native Instruments
Mickael Le Goff / Native Instruments


Check out Synthino a new Arduino-based synthesizer

May 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 



Synthino is a new Arduino-based synthesizer, a collaboration between two Minneapolis-based DIY kit makers (nootropic & GetLoFi) and members of TC Maker, a non-profit Minnesota based organization focused on growing the maker community.

The Synthino is designed to be powerful, compact, low-cost and hacker-friendly.


  • True 12 Bit DAC ( Digital Analog Converter )
  • MIDI IN standard 5 pin connector
  • 4 Independent channels
  • 4 Note polyphony
  • 8 Analog potentiometer controls
  • True Envelope A-D-S-R
  • LFO with Rate and Depth
  • Upgrades planned
  • Arduino platform built-in
  • Software updates are easy to install
  • FTDI interface compatible
  • Easy to assemble
  • Highest quality components
  • 1/4 and 1/8 Inch audio outputs
  • Over 4000 wave forms available!
  • Low cost synthesizer
  • DIY and Hacker friendly
  • 2.1 mm Boss style connector
  • 9 Volt battery power option
  • Compact customize-able design
  • Available as a kit or assembled
  • Acrylic or wood case options

More info here >>

Arduino Teensy Synth – Feature Overview

May 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

An overview of all the features on my “Teensy Synth”.

You can find the materials to make this synthesizer in the Arduino Projects section of www.brianpeters.net

Hear this synthesizer in action with 4 other chip-based synthesizers:


8 step sequencer module with reverse, random, and offset — Sagittronics

March 5, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a sequencer that Charlie Slick built with an Atmega arduino chip.

The chip basically replaces the CD4017-or the like-but adds a few features like gate controlled reverse and random. The modules also has an offset input so you can use it like an arpeggio. There is no gate output but it does have an externally trigger reset.

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