Pretty Colors and Flashing Lights: the Critter & Guitari ETC Synthesizer


In a new era of MIDI instruments, synthesizers, workstations, and turntables, it can be hard to find that mix of quality construction and function. Instruments should first and foremost be fun to use; if an instrument doesn’t feel good to play, people won’t use it. While plenty of manufacturers miss […]

Touché: A New Way To Play


The Touché midi controller uses touch sensitivity to blur the lines between musical instruments and a musical accessories. The welcome press of a piano key has long been a missing component, and link between midi controllers themselves and traditional instruments. Now Expressive E aims to further fill that void by […]

KORG Volca FM We Missed You (and The Astor Cube)


If there’s something we missed as much as the Astor cube, the KORG Volca FM takes the prize. Now, both of them are back! We were unable to spin the cube due to troublesome barricades, but we put our hands all over the Korg Volca FM. The the ‘FM’ stands […]

The New Pocket Operators Make Us Squee


Teenage Engineering joined the world of synthesizers marching to the beat of their own drum machine. In 2015 they released their handheld Pocket Operators; Minimalist synthesizers shaped like a calculator. The Pocket Operator originally launched with the Rhythm, Sub, and Factory models. Three new models have entered the scene, and […]

The Theometrica: A Synthesizer Inspired by Acupuncture


Exploring the many ways to make music, the Theometrica by Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow is a synthesizer interface inspired by acupuncture. The sound of the instrument is controlled through the insertion and manipulation of needles in a spinning disk. A laser then measures the position of the needles as […]

KORG and littleBits Make Signal Flow Together

There is little better we can do for the future than educate the next generation of innovators. This is why littleBits is one of our favorite kits. Learning about creating functional electronics with their modular circuits has always been fun and colorful, and easy. Most of all, kids loved it. […]