Have you always wanted a modular
synthesizer but never been willing to pay the price?
With the LushOne kit you can
experience the strange, fun world of
modular synthesizers without breaking the bank.
The idea for the LushOne occurred when I was thinking about buying
a modular synth but couldn't bring myself to pay what they cost. I
thought "wouldn't it be good if someone would make an equivalent a
Sinclair computer for the modular synth world?". I tried to design a
modular synth that stripped out all the costs while providing an
instrument that is cheap and flexible to allow people to get started
without a big commitment. The LushOne is the implementation of this
The LushOne kit is designed to provide the core functions of a modular
synthesizer in a low-cost single board design. The LushOne can be
controlled from a MIDI keyboard or PC interface to allow you to play
the instrument with equipment you already have. The LushOne can be
interfaced to analog
control voltages to allow you to play using alternative controllers
like joysticks, optical or distance sensors. The signal paths between
modules are routed with
patch leads so you can combine the modules in different ways to create
new effects or you can interconnect the LushOne with other external
The built-in modules of the LushOne create classic sounds that are
reminiscant of much-loved early synthesizers. On its own the kit is
capable of some amazing effects. Analog controls allow you to "nail"
the sound and fluidly interact with the instrument in ways that
emulations don't permit.
Click for more information, multimedia and build instructions.
The LushOne kit contains a complete set of parts to build a LushOne synthesizer including:
- Circuit board (double sided 145mm x 75mm)
- All electronic components - see parts list on the build page
- Pre-programmed microcontroller with LushOne oscillator software
- Three stackable 2mm patch leads or parts to make three leads
- All external connectors
- Battery leads
- Power switch
Available online are:
- Build instructions
- Training materials to get the best from the LushOne
- Source-code and schematics
Note: The LushOne kit now comes with controls that have an integrated
knurled knob. Separate knobs are no longer supplied with the kit.