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Patchblocks - a new hardware virtual modular thingie
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:14 am    Post subject: Patchblocks - a new hardware virtual modular thingie Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tiny blocks, 30 pounds a piece. I got nervous because the programming environment looks a bit too close to Max or PureData for comfort, but the names of the modules look fairly high level so I guess it may be usable. It's a Kickstarter, but the pledge goal has already been met so I guess it's fairly safe that it's going to happen. Another interesting little product!

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http://www.synthtopia.com/content/2013/11/05/patchblocks-let-you-create-your-own-programmable-modular-synthesizer/

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2012099678/patchblocks-programmable-mini-synth-modules?ref=card

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I have one ordered.

Apparently you can create modules with a combination of XML and C, i should have one in the January batch.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I ordered a four-pack. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Antimon wrote:
I ordered a four-pack. Smile


Me too. The latest update landed in my inbox; revisions have delayed delivery by a month, but I'm happy to wait a little longer for a more refined product.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:47 pm    Post subject: They've shipped Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Buddy in Australia got his.. He quite likes the programming environment.

He says that the software attempts to determine what the patch sounds like (some sort of synthesis?) but that the units sound a bit different. He's somewhat active on the forums and they're talking software updates already.

Seems like a great platform. The software/hardware duality is a realm that nobody's really gone yet.. Although the G2 demo had that potential it didn't pan out that way. These look fun and especially for the price point.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: They've shipped Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

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...especially for the price point.


No kidding - these are awesome value for money. I mean... £30 for a totally portable / programmable audio source / sequence / FX solution???

How can anyone possibly not buy just one?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Anyone actually got one yet?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nope. Website seems a bit dead too. Hope it's not all gone to helvete.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Fingers crossed then.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:25 pm    Post subject: Dude I know... Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Dude I know in Austrailia got two. No idea what's happening!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Those who put money into Kickstarter should have received an update.

They ordered 1000 boards instead of 200 and there was a delay with the testing and delivery.

The pre-production series should be shipped by the end of next week, no shipping date given for the production run.

The updated website is under construction, with beta testing scheduled for the end of this month.

Having worked for a start-up manufacturer, I'm happy to extend my sympathy to the guy - at least for now. Bringing even the simplest product to market is a monumental task - it took us (with over a dozen employees) 15 months to bring out a simple, white LED strip Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yeah I saw the update too - was about to post it here yesterday but forgot. I think it will be all right. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Seems mine might be on the way...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Nice! Fingers crossed that mine will arrive soon too then.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Just discovered these by a random route. Was wonder has anyone used one yet?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Yeah, got mine.

Its a pain in the arse so I haven't played with it too much, too much unplugging and turning on/off to get it into programming or running mode.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Oh that is a little disappointing about the unplugging and turning off and on. Guess still very much beta version.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

The program/run cycle:

Turn PB off and attach USB cable.
Turn PB on.
Build and deploy firmware.
Turn off PB
Disconnect USB cable.
Turn PB on.
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