What’s the World’s Smallest Synthesizer?

Although there’s a lot of musical instruments in the world, it’s hard to classify synthesizers as those of small size. Guys from Bleep Labs, online shop with “curious gadgets from the future” found it as a challenge. As a result of their struggle with electronics, we received probably the world’s smallest synth. Moreover, you can build it yourself, because it’s totally open-source! Let me introduce you the Nebulophone.

Now it’s time for some features:

The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a stylus keyboard. It was designed as kit for Handmade Music Austin and features:
– Five waveforms (ramp, triangle, square, pulse, and noise)
– Adjustable decay
– Light controlled analog low-pass filter with five adjustable LFO LED modes.
– Four arpeggio modes with adjustable rate.
– Portamento with three speed settings.
– Pitch range and keyboard temperament controls. Switch between major and chromatic keyboard mapping.
– Hypernoise 3000 mode
– Infrared control of arp rate with other Andromeda Space Rocker devices.
– Open-source Aduino code

source: BleepLabs.com

There are a few downloadable files which have been done for customers, who want to build their own Nebulophone:

  • Source code in C v01
  • Schematic v02
  • and Instruction v02

Kit costs $55, but if you have no patience – they can do the work for you and it will cost $80 for the Build version of the Nebulophone.
It’s quite interesting, it’s small and I think it’s fun to make music with that toy.

And what do you think?…