Little Bits + Korg To Release DIY Synth Kit

It’s always fascinating when two very different companies collaborate on a product – as their specialities and priorities can either work harmoniously or go fabulously awry. Korg and littleBits seem to have achieved the former, with a DIY synth kit that lets synthesizer beginners and affecionados alike combine magnetic-attaching modular elements to make awesome instruments and patches.

Watch Reggie Watts introduce and show off the kit in this video:

The different elements in the synth kit include oscillators, a keyboard, a sequencer, filter, delay, mixer, speaker, envelope controller, and random noise generator – and paired with the suggested combinations of Bits in the kit as well as their basic video tutorials, the elements are likely to be just as much an educational tool as a legitimate instrument.

Some of the elements (Bits) included in the kit

The kit is expected to ship December 6th, coming in at a relatively reasonable $159 – learn more and preorder here

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  • vitamindevo

    Seriously this is awesome! Young artists, and old alike, gain more respect for the music, the more they can literally get down to the core functions of how synth works. The only way you learn is by experimenting.

  • Oddie O'Phyle

    OMG!!!! i thought the monotron and monotribe were bad ass when they came out, with midi leads on the pcb. a small kit and a bit of soldering and away you go, but this…. i want one or two… look at the price and realize that this isn’t another controller, but a modular analog synth.

  • gork

    really nice, but to x-pensive.

    • Sebastian Cavolina

      REALLY? EXPESIVE? EXPENSIVE?!?!?!?!?! 170$!!!!!!

  • Mitch Holladay

    its only 170. what were you guys really expecting here. i think this is the coolest thing, whether you wanna call it a toy or not. seriously, could waste a whole afternoon playing with this.

  • D

    I remember people saying the TB-303 was nothing than that of a “toy” back in 84. You can’t knock the tools in the hands of a good musical creator.

  • ninthandash

    Honestly the demos aren’t very impressive :s

    I was excited about it but it’s not worth that much for a novelty.

  • Alex Favilla

    Seems really great for teaching or something like this, but this it’s actually more a toy than a synth. Would be really great to have something like this taken more seriously… I mean professionally.