Meet the Makers: Ayah Bdeir of littleBits

July 22, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

With littleBits, Ayah Bdeir is turning electronics into a resource—like cardboard, plywood, or fabric—that any designer can use. Her color-coded bricks snap together with magnets. Each performs a specific function, allowing users to quickly construct circuits that include sensors, switches, and motors. As simple to assemble as Legos, the kits lend some of the technical muscle of MIT Media Lab alumni such as Bdeir to artists, makers, and kids. The CEO has shipped her kits around the world—and to New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, where littleBits are showcased in the permanent collection.

Video by Jane Nisselson / Virtual Beauty

Read about it: http://popme.ch/meet-the-makers

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

June 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

LegoTechno 2.0 Sliding Puzzle Sequencer. It’s built using littleBits Synth + Arduino + CV + NI Maschine + LEGO building pieces.

Technical details:

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

Interacting with rhythmic 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.

The LEGO tangible sequencer was built by:

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

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

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.

https://www.hackerleague.org/hackatho…
http://new.musichackday.org/2014/barc…

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

http://bauhausinteraction.org/
http://www.native-instruments.com/

New modules in the making from littleBits

June 13, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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littleBits has announced three new ‘power user’ modules for users of its Korg Synth Kit and other modules.

The modules add direct support for MIDI, control voltages & USB audio:

  • MIDI module - Allows you to control the Synth Kit from a DAW (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, etc) and other MIDI-enabled instruments. Additionally, it will allow you to create your own MIDI controller with littleBits modules by converting littleBits control voltages to MIDI messages.
  • CV module  - Allows you to Integrate your Synth Kit with other analog synthesizers (for example, modular synths or analog keyboards).
  • USB I/O module – This is a USB audio interface that will enable you to record directly into your DAW from the Synth Kit or send audio from your DAW to the Synth Kit for processing. Integrate your Synth Kit with common audio work stations (Ableton, ProTools, or other software like Traktor or Max/MSP).

More info here >>

Advanced Synth Circuit with Ring Modulation and Keyboard

April 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Learn more about ring modulation at https://littlebits.cc/projects/ring-m…

littleBits makes an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun. Find out more at littleBits.cc

Littlebits Korg synth sync with iOS Brute LFO

April 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Just a test with :
2 x Modules Littlebits Korg synth
1 x input module Littlebits
sync with iOS Brute LFO

Synth Kit Introduction – littleBits x KORG

December 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

MAKE SOMETHING THAT MAKES MUSIC

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

LEARN MORE:
English: http://littlebits.cc/
Japanese:http://jp.littlebits.com/

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