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    Teensy-based modular synth system

    Hi all, thought some of you might be interested in a project I'm currently working on for the Hackaday musical instrument challenge. It's a Teensy-based modular synthesizer: https://hackaday.io/project/160626-p...al-synthesizer

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    Since the Teensy audio library's GUI is already very reminiscent of a modular synth, I thought I might as well take it a stage further and make a synth where you can connect and disconnect the different sound sources and effects in real time, using real patch cables. Not sure if anyone has done anything similar yet, but I definitely recommend it - getting some very cool sounds out of the Teensy so far! Code is at https://github.com/mattybrad/polymod

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    I've now finished the project, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here are a couple of videos of the synth in action:




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    Looks pretty cool with the wood grain finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackaddr View Post
    Looks pretty cool with the wood grain finish.
    Thanks! It was upcycled from a broken bookcase that someone left on my street

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    Awesome project!
    It went up on the project blog today
    https://www.pjrc.com/polymod-polypho...modular-synth/

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    Oh cool! Thanks for featuring it Teensy is such a great platform, it's perfect for the sort of thing I like to do, making musical instruments that don't require a computer. Fun fact: last week, my band got played on BBC national radio for the first time, with a track where the main instrument is a synth guitar which I built using a Teensy. Therefore, at 2am last Sunday, technically a Teensy audio shield was audible throughout the whole United Kingdom!

    Proof:
    BBC radio show https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00015yj
    The EP that features the Teensy https://robotswans.bandcamp.com/album/stranger-swans
    The instrument in question https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9rIkqk-Ic

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybrad View Post
    Oh cool! Thanks for featuring it Teensy is such a great platform, it's perfect for the sort of thing I like to do, making musical instruments that don't require a computer. Fun fact: last week, my band got played on BBC national radio for the first time, with a track where the main instrument is a synth guitar which I built using a Teensy. Therefore, at 2am last Sunday, technically a Teensy audio shield was audible throughout the whole United Kingdom!

    Proof:
    BBC radio show https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00015yj
    The EP that features the Teensy https://robotswans.bandcamp.com/album/stranger-swans
    The instrument in question https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw9rIkqk-Ic
    I love it - brilliant project! well done

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