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Wait a miniMO - an 8-bit modular synth that’s both open source and open hardware? Yes please!

The problem with modular nowadays is that it is so darned expensive. Not so miniMO, an open source and open hardware modular solution developed by Jose Gonzalez.

The idea behind the project was to create a modular synthesizer that was as affordable as possible.

Two editions are available; a plain PCB-based version and a 3D-printed version. With the latter, everything is printed bar the components. You’ll also be pleased to know that the breadboard is printed, so no need for any soldering.

All the modules are identical, but can be programmed (via the Arduino IDE) as an oscillator, a filter, or a sequencer, and Jose is already developing more blocks 

Want to know how you can build your own? Check out this step-by-step guide (opens in new tab).

For more information, go to Jose’s project page (opens in new tab). You can source all the components and schematic required from github (opens in new tab) and thingiverse (opens in new tab).

[via Synthtopia (opens in new tab)]

Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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