I’m really proud to present the new Kit V3, a big step forward for the Zynthian project because of several reasons:
Pre-built: It’s completely pre-built using SMD technology, so you don’t need to solder anything. Just plug the wires and screw the bolts.
Zynscreen: The new official display has been specially designed for zynthian and integrates the controller interface, what simplify the assembling process.
Zynaptik: The new zynaptik circuit integrates the 3 standard MIDI ports (IN/OUT/THRU) and some new optional features.
Audio Input: The Hifiberry DAC+ ADC is the new official soundcard and integrates audio input, allowing to use zynthian as a powerful FX processor or stompbox.
We have a dream. We want to empower musicians with upgradable and easy-to-maintain machines that can be used on stage and studio. Open machines that can be used for “normal” tasks, as playing and composing, but also can be extended and hacked for going beyond that, for exploring new spaces.
A few months ago, we started the integration of a new engine in zynthian. This time it was something special as it was the first zynthian engine integrated by somebody else (Mr. Holger Wirtz, aka @C0d3man) and it wasn’t a free software engine, but a commercial product, with a privative license. Somebody could think that this is not well aligned with the spirit of zynthian project, so … why to do it?
As I said in the previous post, we have been very busy the past few weeks working in the new website and a short video presentation for Zynthian, among others.
Finally, both tasks are finished … or almost finished. There are still things to improve and details to fix, of course, but we will do it on the way. We don’t want to wait more time. Here is the video:
The new beautiful website remains in the same URL, of course, so you can visit it at:
Now that Zynthian Box specification is, more or less, closed, i would like to share with you the Bill of Materials and some advice about bulding your own Zynthian Box. I would like that other people build his own Zynthian Box and help me with software development 😉
The list is composed of generic parts and specifically designed parts. All these specifically designed parts are called Zynthian Parts. You can build these parts by yourself using the specifications, schemes and PCB designs, or you can contact me. I will try to make these parts available at a reasonable price.
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Zynthian is an Open Synth Platform based in Raspberry Pi, some Open Software Synthesizers and more.
I’m trying to integrate all the parts in a realiable case with a nice and ergonomic User Interface, so everybody can enjoy this wonderful synthesizers in any place without having to install or configure anything.
When it’s finished, i would like to make it available for everybody, as a toolkit or as a finished product, so you can use it for Live Playing, Music Production or any kind of experimentation.
Of course, all the specifications will be freely available, so you can build your own device if you prefer 😉