Korg Little Bits Synth Kits Officially Announced

Can't wait to get our hands on these synth diy kits   08-Nov-13

Korg Little Bits Synth Kits Officially Announced

How excited are we about little electronic synth kits? Very. The collaboration between Korg and pioneering electronics kit makers Little Bits has been all over the news since it was spotted on Korg.jp.

Now the official announcement has been made we thought we'd be able to bring you more information, but it seems not - however you can register your interest at a specially created website Korglittlebits.com.

I submitted my interest before posting this item - get in line buddy - I'm first!

Here's the official word:

"We're excited to work together with industry leader KORG to design and launch the new littleBits Synth Kit," said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, MIT Media Lab alumna and TED Senior Fellow. "Our goal is to break technology down to its fundamental parts and put the power of electronics in the hands of everyone. This new Kit is the most easy to use, high quality, analog modular synthesizer in the world, and is designed to inspire people of all ages to unleash their inner rockstar".

The new Synth Kit includes an assortment of 12 electronic Bits modules that instantly snap together with magnets to create circuits like those used in KORG's famous analog synthesizers. Modules included in the Synth Kit are power, oscillator (x2), filter, envelope, delay, keyboard, micro sequencer, mix, split, random, and synth speaker.

The Synth Kit also includes a project booklet outlining step-by-step instructions for 10 projects, as well as custom accessories that transforms the Synth Kit into a ready to use performance station that can connect to recording or live sound equipment.

With the new littleBits Synth Kit in hand, users can build infinitely reconfigurable sound circuits; And since the littleBits system is expandable, multiple Synth Kits can be used at once to create a massively powerful instrument. In addition, they can combine it with other littleBits modules to create complex visual, light, and mechanical installations – no wiring, soldering or programming required.

Users can also follow the step-by-step instructions in the project booklet, and combine Bits modules with assorted materials like cardboard, tape and 3D printed plastic to create fun and novel interfaces, such as:

• Percussion Party: Snap seven modules together to build a circuit that lets you dance to the beat of your own drum. Set the rhythm, adjust the timbre and control the envelope to create soothing,rhythmic sounds or a wailing drum beat.

• Keytar: Combine nine modules with assorted household and craft materials to create a customized keytar. Decorate your instrument, add a strap and get ready to rock.

• Synth Spin Table: Eight modules work together to create a synth with some spin. Create turntables with paper plates and straws and play with your synth machine just like a DJ.

• Additional projects include Synthesizer with the Works, Tuning, Play a Song, Spooky Sounds,Metal Music, Synth Band and Perform Like a Pro. Instructions for sound-altering circuit designs are also included, such as pitch sweeps, white noise, key player, sequencer control, frequency modulation, random voltage, filtering noise and echo and delay.

"The new littleBits Synth Kit lets music fans explore sound and the synthesizer in a truly new and unique way. We are thrilled to partner with littleBits to bring this exciting experience to our fans and music lovers around the world," said Korg.

Winner of more than 20 product awards, littleBits is a well-funded, fast-growing startup based in New York City. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired innovative littleBits to its permanent collection. The company has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times Magazine and Fast Company. Bloomberg TV recognized littleBits as "LEGO for the iPad generation." In addition, the company was featured in a TED talk in 2012, which garnered more than 700,000 views worldwide.

Bits modules are reusable, compatible and color-coded, allowing users to grow their library as they add new Kits or specialty pieces to their collection. Each module has a specific function (such as power, light, sound, pulse), and every module works with every other module in the library to make building projects easy for children, teens and adults.

Additional tips, tricks and project ideas are regularly posted on the company's website by littleBits and members of the littleBits maker community, and users can sign up for the littleBits e-newsletter to regularly receive updates on innovative projects and product information.


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Ramco    Said...

Toy's, toy's toy's. Nothing but toy instruments today. Musicians don't have the time to build tinny little synths. Who would want too? My 4 & 5 year old children might like them. Korg is really into the toy business these days.

08-Nov-13 11:42 AM

Tribrix    Said...

Plenty of respectable musicians create viable, popular music using toys. Nothing wrong with that in the least. You can't say they don't know how to have fun, which is more than I can say for some . . .

08-Nov-13 01:13 PM

James    Said...

any instrument can be considered a "toy"... especially by synth snobs like Ramco here.

08-Nov-13 02:34 PM

Ben    Said...

the patchblocks seem cool too: http://www.patchblocks.com/

09-Nov-13 02:52 AM

rezlaze    Said...

nice! and after all, you "play" an instrument :)

09-Nov-13 03:22 PM


O.K i have to now agree with some people here. The name Korg has gone toytown. A turn for the worse ? Maybe, or just a sideline ? I bought the ms20m but after that i think they are hitting rock bottom now. I thought they couldn't do much worse than the volcas but this takes the prize. Toys but not serious ones anymore.

09-Nov-13 06:24 PM

Synth_Fan    Said...

very, very, VERY exciting

kids, emerging musician and seasoned professionals will surely all love this (?)

(a paradigm shift, or pandora's box opened ?? - as in - the notion of a complete synth, designed by a synth company, a thing of the past ??)

10-Nov-13 02:37 PM

HnnH    Said...

While I normally hate people saying smaller synths are "toys", I will say these are in fact "toys", as in they are meant for people to play with without fear of the expectation of creating something. Simple answers on why this exists: A) There are a lot of folks who are interested in electronic music but don't know how to make a hobby of it outside of following artists/blogs and this kind of synth-by-way-of-LEGO kit is very non-threatening (if companies only sold synths to serious musicians the market would be a lot smaller) B) Korg is a Japanese company and small, fun and odd curios are very much part of the culture C) The modular world is growing all the time and someone like Korg has little idea how to make that work for them, but by partnering with Little Bits they can test the waters with a minimum of impact of the larger brand currently trying to sell digital workstations to pros

10-Nov-13 10:58 PM

Boards of Canada    Said...

These will be all over our next album! BOC

11-Nov-13 01:31 AM

GOjoe    Said...

I agree, toy synths are built like crap and will not last the test of time. You know how musicians search for 1980's synths because they sound so great and are built with quality, them days are gone because these cheap toys will not last 2 years if that. Ebay will be full of them in 6 months and every band will sound the same because they used these toys for there signature sound (big mistake). When are we going to see some decent synths from Korg or are they now in the toy business. Korg will be all over Toys for Us.

14-Nov-13 08:05 AM

blox electrix    Said...

Upon initially thinking along the lines of toytown production etc.. I now take it back. There are plenty of good grown up synthesizers being produced by other makers. This venture with Korg & Littlebits is o.k. I don't want one but it's o.k still, another idea that could blossom into anything really.

20-Nov-13 09:28 AM

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