Synth Design Hackathon 2022


A mysterious other worldly object has arrived on earth, offering an alternative communication channel between itself and it’s surrounding.
Daisy seed microcontroller
Light sensor
Performance instrument
Performance instrument

Coaches & collaborators

Betzalel Academy Jerusalem
AstroSynth is a MIDI controller designed with non-musicians in mind. It’s holes are spread all over the surface in a way that compels the user to explore the instrument in a hands-on, experimental fashion. There are no right or wrong ways to play it. Each hole belongs to one of four modulation groups: Pitch, Time, Waveform and LFO. When a hole is covered with a finger, a light sensor inside sends a signal to the microprocessor, modulating the Synth’s parameter related to the group it was assigned with. The more holes of the same category covered, the more drastic the modulation will get.
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the tech

How does it work?

: inside the object there are 3 light sensors. When you cover one of the holes, or some of them, the light sensors inside detect different amounts of light which then translates it into different values from 0-99 (0 darkest, 99 brightest). Each group of 3 holes affect different characteristics of sound in ableton such as presets of Waveform pitch, LFO and more. ..
Open source code
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Daisy seed microcontroller
A powerful microcontroller for synthesis programmed through C++, Arduino, Pure data and Max MSP
Light sensor
A light sensor detects light in its proximity
About the instrument
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