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Playtime Engineering Blipblox

Playtime Engineering Blipblox  ·  Source: Playtime Engineering

Debuting at NAMM is the Blipblox from Playtime Engineering. Insisting that it’s not “your typical music toy” (whatever one of those is) this has professional features and a nearly endless ability to create new sounds.

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Blipblox

Of course we will scoff – just look at it. It looks like any number of neglected plastic, battery operated toys I have cluttering up my house in the wake of three kids. But you have to give these things a chance. It’s always the musical toys that get the most attention at any given creché, so why not have something a bit more intentional?

It’s designed to be useful, fun and engaging to all ages and capabilities. No keyboard or boring piano sounds, instead it uses a “proprietary algorithm that synthesizes completely unique waveforms”. Instead of just playing notes you are actually designing sounds.

The synthesizer specs are actually pretty interesting. 8 unique oscillator modulation schemes, a low pass filter, 2 envelope generators, 2 LFOs and a 3×3 modulation matrix. The built-in sequencer and drum machine comes with a load of melodies and rhythms ready to go. There’s a MIDI input, a whole load of buttons and knobs that are all wipe-clean so you don’t have to worry about your dribbles. And check out the LEDs and the speaker.

There are two videos which are a little bit of a letdown. The sounds and features are interesting, it’s just the presentation isn’t very, urm… fun? He needs to give it to some kids to play with.

Priced at $159 it’s pretty steep for toy synth let alone a kids plaything. It is half the price of the Data Duo, but the Blipblox should be 50 bucks I think.

More information

  • Playtime Engineering Blipblox webpage

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2 responses to “NAMM 2018: Blipblox – If Fisher Price made synthesizers…”

  1. “Should be 50 bucks, I think”

    You have no idea what you’re talking about. Glad you got blog points, but fuck you. When was the last time you let a kid near your modular? $150 is a STEAL. Have you even bothered to check the specs or did you just look at a picture?

    • Robin says:

      I’m not a hater. I think if you re-read the article you’ll see that I give it a lot plus points and positivity. I think it’s great, like the Duo, but I feel both are overpriced. And for something that they say themselves is a musical toy aimed at children. There are so many less toy-ish musical boxes out there for that kind of money that I would happily let my kids spill their drinks on.

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