LittleBits: Create Musical Water Targets with the Makey Makey Module

April 23, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Instructions at: http://littlebits.cc/projects/musical…

Blast away some simple tunes with Musical Water Targets! Use water to close the circuit and jam out on your computer with the Makey Makey keyboard app.

How it Works:

The Makey Makey module is grounded to one of each of the nodes in every target. Each of the three outputs on the Makey makey module is attached to each of the remaining nodes. When water hits the target, it completes the circuit between the two nodes, sending a signal through the Makey Makey module.

Set your Makey Makey up to any of the musical interfaces on Makey Makey’s website, and jam away.

littleBits is the easiest way to learn and invent with electronics. Learn more at littleBits.cc

Make the mundane momentous with Makey Makey and littleBits! With the Makey Makey Bit, you can use everyday objects to trigger your Bits and control cursors on your computer’s keyboard, or even control your computer with Bits. Perfect for newbies and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between.

New release: Korg LFO Module for littleBits

April 10, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Vote for the Korg LFO Module in the littleBits bitLab today!

The LFO module is currently under consideration for manufacture at the littleBits BitLab. At the BitLab, visitors can view proposed new modules and vote for the ones that they’d like to see manufactured. 

The LFO is an oscillator module that allows you to make slow sweeping changes to sound parameters in the synth kit or with other littleBits modules. You can control the following parameters directly on the module:

  • Rate/Frequency knob (speed of oscillation)
  • Waveshape control knob (change the duty cycle of a pulse wave or morph a sawtooth to triangle to ramp waveform)
  • Waveform selection switch (select triangle/saw or pulse waveform)

The input of the module controls the amplitude of the LFO. An onboard LED shows the rate of oscillation.

Getting started with the littleBits & Korg CV Module

April 1, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

CV Module available at http://littlebits.cc/bits/control-vol…

Integrate your Synth Kit with other analog synthesizers like modular synths or analog keyboards.
control littleBits module behaviors like the pitch of oscillators, the cutoff frequency of filters and more from your analog synth gear!
control analog synthesizers with littleBits modules, like a bend sensor, light sensor or any other input from the littleBits library to create new control interfaces for your synth.
Sync your littleBits modules to other gear like Korg’s Volca series.

The CV module developed in partnership with Korg, a pioneer of electronic musical equipment, enables amateur and professional musicians to easily explore the iconic synthesizer instrument, allowing you to make exciting new sounds and build their own infinitely customizable and expandable analog modular instrument and put on your own performances – all with little to no engineering or musical knowledge.

Check out the latest Synth Modules at http://littlebits.cc/new-synth-modules

Find out more at littleBits.cc

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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