The Synth Bike 3.0.

Sam Battle is a maker who runs a YouTube channel called “LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER”.  Some people call him “a sonic wizard” because he transforms old bikes into musical instruments.
Last year, Sam turned an old kids bike into a rolling synthesizer and called it Synth Bike 2.0. This year, he took it to another lever and created Synth Bike 3.0, plonking an analog synth and drum sequencer between the handlebars of a BMX. The project will be displayed at the Sound Check exhibition at Science Center Dublin until September. 







The author says: “Synth bike 3.0 is designed to be ridden by any Tom, Rick or Sandra. Every function is on the front panel, there isn’t anything hidden, it can be quite daunting but it's all immediate. You twist a knob or flick a switch you’ll hear the effect. It's got a bass synth, with two oscillators. One analog and one wavetable oscillator on an Arduino, this goes into a 303 style filter and VCA from frequency central. Along with a load of effects and such. It's a really fun sequencer with switches to make it slide into the next note, or pluck really quickly.”

The project contains 12 Arduino Nano, stripboard circuits, frequency central PCB’s and a Spark Fun WAV trigger to hold some of the drum sounds. The magnets on the back wheel control how quick the whole song is going. The handlebar-mounted control box also has built-in speakers to output the synth creations. 






The drum sequencer is 6 rows of 16 steps, however, all of them can be controlled individually, which means a rider can make various polyrhythms, and the drums can phase each other making drum loops as long as a long piece of string. Finally, magnets attached to the rear wheel help set the tempo and the wheel spins around.

For more information, please visit: www.lookmumnocomputer.com

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