I ordered a couple of these kits to build with my boys, 5 and 7. They are of course a bit too young to be wielding a soldering iron, but they helped ID the parts and I explained how they all worked before having them hold them in the right spot so I could solder them on.
Being a pseudo SMD project, it's a bit tricky, but the kitty is so darn cute. Great little badge, turned out great!
As an owner of MadLab's excellent Noise-X synth, I was beyond thrilled to find out about the Scuttlebutt. I mean, how much more minimalist could they get without sacrificing usability? The answer is: quite minimalist indeed.
First off, the documentation… I know this was designed for true beginners, but the addition of pictures was appreciated nonetheless. The 2nd page of operation instructions was clearly written, and walks through the how-to's with no questions unanswered.
To the unit itself, as I said up front, minimalist is the word. In fact, you could hear all the sounds it can offer in one sitting. That isn't to say those sounds couldn't be played through effects and then sampled to create something distinctly un-Scuttlebutt-y, but it does have its limits. The sequencer is similarly limited, but just messing around with stringing sounds together and then adjusting the playback speed CAN yield promising results. And again, post-effects can make it even more interesting.
All in all, this is a neat little device, so long as you understand its limits. Can't wait to see what MadLab pulls out next.
I'm a relative newcomer and still found this relatively easy to put together and its full of crazy sounds. Took a bit to get my head around how it works (with such a noisey synth its hard to know if its working as intended or if you've got a dodgy connection...) Also had a lot of fun figuring out the MIDI protocol and control system and making an FLStudio dashboard to control it!