In honour of Synth Week on MusicRadar, we’re celebrating the wonderful world of modified synthesizers and circuit bent boxes of noise from the darkest corners of the internet… with a twist: all are Steampunk-esque in design.
Etched brass plates, antique-green controls and vintage radio shells are all present and correct. As are the oscillators, triggers and circuits needed to breath electronic life into each glorious creation.
Scroll through to find MusicRadar’s ultimate Steampunk synth mod, starting here: the delightfully amateur-looking, ‘dangerously'-circuit bent Casio SK-1…
While the world of circuit bending is another kettle of modded fish entirely, this bent Casio SK-1 scrapes in thanks to its boxed (almost Art Deco-like) drag wheel attachment.
According to the SK-1’s creator, Gieskes: “It’s got an arpeggios circuit for overall pitch control, and a video out. The video out is basically just the signals from the patch bay going through a 1k resistor and a diode… video signal is around 1 volt and the pins from the Casio chip are 5 - so it’s a bit dangerous…”
You can see the SK-1 (and its video out capabilities) here.