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A few years ago we built a synthesizer prototyping tool called Protosynth. The project was such a big hit that people requested the ability to buy their own, so we designed a powerful MIDI controlled version!
Over the last few years, we have refined Protosynth Midi to be powerful, flexible, and easy to use.
Protosynth Midi are built in limited quantities by hand here at the Tymkrs Wrkshp. Every unit is assembled, tested, and given a unique serial number. The beautiful handmade hardwood cases with traditional joinery hold your circuit at an angle so you can tinker in comfort and style!
Protosynth Midi allows you to quickly prototype whatever you dream up on built-in breadboards, then play your creation from any MIDI controller. Protosynth Midi enables you to experiment at your desk without the epic mess.
Protosynth MIDI is far more than only a MIDI to CV unit. For each of the two MIDI channels (you can pick which channels) it includes a Note Port and a Control Port. The Note Ports allow you to chain modules out to 128 notes worth of outputs. The Control Ports allow you to chain modules out to 128 control change values (each one 0-127 and with Analog Shift modules you can turn all of those control change values into analog voltages). What could you do with 256 digital outputs, 256 analog voltages, 2 control voltages, 2 gates, and 2 triggers? Would you control them from a DAW, from a MIDI controller?
To make getting started easier, we have developed a collection of compatible modules for many common tasks. 555VCO, AND8, MIX8, Analog Shift, Shift Me, Amplify Me, VU Meter, Hear Me, NPN8, TTL8, Under Me, and Over Me. With a selection of these, you can get started with modular synthesis without ever turning on your soldering iron.
And when you are ready to go from the breadboard to something finished, we have the Protosynth Midi Lite. Protosynth Midi Lite packs all of the power of Protosynth Midi into a small PCB perfect for building into your own project.
Protosynth Midi effortlessly handles the complicated aspects of MIDI control, silently monitoring incoming MIDI, translating it into voltages and pulses that simple circuits can understand. It also allows you to route analog signals simply in and out of the back of the unit through four high quality standard TRS ¼” jacks.
Protosynth Midi is not limited to audio, however! You can use it to control all kinds of circuits. Here at Tymkrs we’ve used a Protosynth Midi to control servos, lights, camera shutters, circuit bent electronic toys, electromechanical chimes, even an old NTSC test pattern generator. Protosynth Midi takes care of the boring stuff, and frees you up to focus on being creative.
If you are building a synthesizer, animating robots from your digital audio workstation timeline, hacking an old Casio or Furby, or designing your own MIDI controlled guitar effects pedal … we hope you will find Protosynth Midi as fun and as useful as we do.
5 standard solderless breadboards
3.3vdc, 5vdc, and Ground connections for breadboard
Please check out http://tymkrs.com/products/protosynth-midi.html for more information. Be sure to read the datasheet, all of the more advanced features are covered in detail there.
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