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MozziByte adds an audio amp, jack and speaker outs to an Arduino Pro Mini so you can easily make sounds using Mozzi synth software.
MozziByte adds an audio amp, jack and speaker outs to an Arduino Pro Mini so you can easily make sounds using Mozzi synth software.
62 backers pledged AU$ 3,923 to help bring this project to life.

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MozziByte Mozzi Arduino Mini Sensor Sonification Sound Synth

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Mozzie is Ozzie (Australian slang) for mosquito. We called our audio synth software Mozzi after being kept awake one night by mozzies buzzing in the tent while camping,  

The Mozzi Sound Synthesiser Software for Arduino was released on Github in 2012. Since then lots of people have enjoyed making their own custom Mozzi synths as you can hear in the gallery.

From our experience with many Mozzi projects since then, we have found that there is a basic set of audio components and connectors required in every project, and repeatedly building this basic platform is a pain.

So we designed the MozziByte hardware platform to support our Mozzi software.

MozziByte provides a digital audio amplifier, audio socket, speaker pins, battery connector, power switch and prototyping area for connecting sensors, knobs, and switches to an Arduino Pro Mini.

MozziByte amplifies your sonic creativity by providing an audio hardware platform that lets you focus on designing sound and interaction, rather than fiddling with breadboards and tangles of wires.

MozziByte allows designers, artists, musicians and students to rapidly prototype and create innovative and imaginative sonic products, sound art installations and custom synthesisers by providing the core audio components needed in every project.

MozziByte Components
MozziByte Components

 

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 45 x 40 x 10 mm (with Arduino Pro Mini mounted)
  • MIcroController: Arduino Pro Mini 5V/16MHz (not included)
  • Digital Amp: 1.4 W, 8 Ohms, Texas Instruments TPA2005D1.
  • Audio SIgnal: PWM with 8 kHz low pass smoothing filter.
  • Dynamic Range: 14 bit ganged PWM
  • Audio Outs: 3.5mm headphone, switched priority over speaker pins.
  • Power: 5-12V JST-2 Male connector for battery.
  • Rails: Onboard power rails VCC, GND, on each side.
  • Switch: For battery. USB connection via Arduino overrides.
  • Prototyping: 2 columns each side for sensors and buttons. 1 column each side connected to Arduino pins.
  • Mounting holes: 2 at 38 mm spacing, 3mm diameter.

References

Barrass, T. (2013) Mozzi: Interactive sound synthesis on the Open Source Arduino Microprocessor, Proceedings of the 39th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2013, Perth, Australia, August 12-16, 2013, https://quod.lib.umich.edu/i/icmc/bbp2372.2013.002/1

Risks and challenges

We have tested a short run of ten SMD Assembly prototypes, and have identified the following risks and challenges.

Manufacturing
We have established working relationships with two different manufacturers and have gained a good understanding of the process through three iterations of PCB design, prototyping and production.

Part Shortages.
We are experienced with finding alternative sources for parts when they unexpectedly go out of stock or become too expensive.

Defects and Delivery
We will order an additional 10% replacement Mozzibytes to cover manufacturing defects and postal delivery losses.

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    Mozzi Fan

    You are a user and Fan of the Mozzi sound synthesis software and would like to support the development of the MozziByte hardware platform that makes it much quicker and easier to bring Mozzi sketches to life in sonic objects, interfaces and installations :)

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    MozziByte v1.0

    Get Bitten by a MozziByte.

    MozziByte allows you to quickly and easily make Mozzi synths, saving heaps of time so that you can concentrate on creative ideas rather than wiring up yet another breadboard and amp.

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    Mozzi Love: 2 MozziBytes

    Two MozziBytes make beautiful music together. Create amazing stereo phasing, echos and interference effects by playing two synths in unison.

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    Ideation Kit: 3 MozziBytes

    You are full of ideas! Get three MozziBytes to try out and compare different sonic ideas with different sensors and sound designs.

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    Synth-Pop Band: 5 MozziBytes

    Form your own Synth-pop art-music Band with five boutique MozziByte synths.

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    Sound Art Installation: 10 MozziBytes

    Create a swarm of ten interactive synthesisers for a sound art installation.

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    Lunchbox Orchestra: 15 MozziBytes

    Start a compugeek orchestra playing lunchboxes with knobs on the lid and MozziByte synths inside. Much more fun than a boring old laptop orchestra, and much more nerdy as well !!!!

    A great way to learn to program electronic music.

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    Maker Sound Workshop: 20 MozziBytes

    Teach a workshop or class on Maker Sound, Sonic Interaction Design, Wearable Synths or Interactive Sonification.

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