Frequently Asked Questions
We need your support to make the MOLECULE SYNTH widely available. The joining of physical electronics and electronic music means new instruments and forms of expression await, and the MOLECULE SYNTH has already begun exploring those frontiers. But now we need to raise enough funds to make larger-quantity orders of the MOLECULE PCBs and components. Quantity orders will help us make the MOLECULE SYNTH more affordable, develop and test new designs, and distribute it to the world -- that means more blinky LEDs, more interactive designs, and more uncanny electronic sound creations for everyone!Last updated:
Except for the MIDI-Input, the MOLECULE SYNTH is a standalone hardware-based device that does not require any outside computers or outside devices. For the MIDI-Input you need an Arduino Uno (R2 or R3). This Arduino will need to be programmed -- our website will be an easy source for detailed instructions, code, and tips for doing this, though there are other sites that also have usable code.Last updated:
The MOLECULE SYNTH’s design and sounds are unique, yet it stands firmly upon the shoulders of http://opensource.org/docs/osd community giants, such famous, brilliant, and well-tested analog and digital electronic circuit designs as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Punk_Console, http://makezine.com/'s http://makezine.com/09/crackerboxamp/,http://narbotic.com/projects/midivox/, http://www.beavisaudio.com/Projects/CMOS_Synthesizers/, and others. It was born of http://www.kickstarter.com/blog/diy-manufacturing culture and it stands opposite to the "black box" technologies of many synthesizers and consumer electronics. MOLECULE was designed to be seen, all the way down to its resistors, caps, and transistors. It is resolutely open source, and after the Kickstarter is complete we will have a website with a community wiki forum for sharing Eagle CAD designs, notes, schematics, hacks, new ideas, mods, Arduino synth program variants, and so on.Last updated:
Yes, the MOLECULE SYNTH has gone through three phases of prototyping in the last seven months, from breadboard and perfboard models on into its present state of homemade circuit boards and those shining, beautiful and bomb-proof purple PCBs fromhttps://twitter.com/laen's http://oshpark.com/. Laen's excellent, domestic made PCBs have set the high quality standards that we will follow for all of the PCBs and builds in the Kickstarter orders. Please note also, that some of the designs of our prototypes are different from the Kickstarter model (e.g., the Speaker/Amp is separate from the Mixer, which we have since combined into one unit), and some of the hexes in the video are on homemade PCBs (these sometimes look quite nice, with their brilliant copper plating, but it isn’t possible to do a production run with them).Last updated:
The MOLECULE hexes connect to one another using "snap" 9-volt battery terminals. These make simple, strong connections for electrical and audio signal paths that are sturdy, durable and easy to connect. Once connected, a small MOLECULE can be moved around by hand, though a table or flat surface (such as the box that the MOLECULE SYNTH comes in) is best, especially for larger MOLECULES.Last updated:
For Canada, please add US$5 for T-Shirts, US$15 for Synth Sets. For the rest of the world please add US$10 for T-Shirts, US$40 for Synth Sets. Please email for details about International Shipping for MOLECULE BUNDLE.Last updated:
Yes, two of the Sound Generators have CV inputs, and the MOLECULE SYNTH ships with an LFO that is meant for CV applications. The LFO (40106) Hex has 2 Square Wave Low Frequency Oscillators (LFOs) -- each of these LFOs can be used for control voltage. Our design of the LFO (40106) includes two synchronized LEDs that pulse with the oscillators so you can see what the voltage is doing.
Because the LFO 40106 hex generates Square Waves it makes a great staccato- almost drum-like pulsing signal control. Here are a couple short recordings of that:
http://soundcloud.com/travis1138/molecule-556-and-741 http://soundcloud.com/travis1138/molecule-mix-of-556-2-vcos-and The CV routing through both the Digital 556 Timer hex and Analog 1458 Op Amp hex is sturdy. It will handle up to around 5 Volts, which makes it compatible with most other synthesizers. I have connected it to my Moog and the CV out lines from Mooger-Fooger pedals -- I use banana clips to the MOLECULE SYNTH hex connections, and it works great!
Also,the LFO 40106 hex is labelled a "Sound Generator" rather than CV because you can make some creative uses of CV by interchanging with Audio lines -- it makes for a fun experiment, just try it! Many people won't know what is meant by Control Voltage, so, since Audio _can_ be interchanged with CV, and since CV seems a little exotic to some, we didn't say much about it in the video.
The MOLECULE SYNTH is built to be a high quality, performance-ready modular synth, ready to be used and modified in any number of creative ways!Last updated:
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