Easy-to-use digital synthesizer that fits in the palm of your hand
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Macchiato’s are great learning tools fully assembled or in kit form. The possibilities for these go far beyond Korg Monotrons, especially if you delve into programming.
The Macchiato Mini Synth features a built-in 13-note capacitive-touch keyboard with 2-note polyphony, MIDI IN, and eight control knobs for shaping your sound.
If you have external midi controllers and/or effects, you might be surprised what can be done with this deceptively simple appearing synth.
Like most of Zeppelin Design Labs products, these are available in kit or fully assembled versions. If you enjoy tinkering with code, the Altura code was written in the Arduino environment and is available open-source on their GitHub page, link is further down this page.
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MIDI IN to control your Macchiato with any MIDI device:
Responds to Pitch Bend, Modulation, Velocity, Volume and Portamento
Selectable MIDI Receive Channel
Wave Shape Select: Sine, Triangle, Saw, Square
4-Octave Shift: C2-C3 through C5-C6
Adjustable Attack & Release
LFO Shape Select: Sine, Saw, Ramp, Square
Adjustable LFO Rate, Depth and Cutoff Frequency
LED Power Indicator
1″ On-board Speaker
Audio Out — accepts 3.5mm (1/8”) TRS or TRRS male jack
ISP Header for PC connection (to upload software updates/mods)
Requires 9V DC power from battery or center-negative wall adaptor
Whether you buy the synth as a kit or ready-to-play, it comes with a template you can use to make your own cabinet from card stock (available separately) or a cereal box. Optionally, you can order a New-and-Improved shiny black acrylic cabinet, either as a simple kit or ready-to-use. Finally, with some ingenuity, you could make your own cabinet or chassis, install the synth and apply the groovy Macchiato labels.