Moffenzeef Modular revel in the noise of lo-fi devices. MSG (Mini Sound Generator) is their latest desktop disaster synth designed to assault your ears and glitch you into experimental modulation. And if the sound isn’t horrible enough for you then you can swap the sound chip out for something more terrifying.
It’s a little semi-naked desktop box that has a removable and swappable Attiny85 computer chip for a brain. Each chip contains a different form of synthesis and lets you completely alter the nature of the box. Choose from synthesis techniques such as granular, phase distortion, amplitude modulation and FM. Just rip out the little 8 pin chip and slap in an alternative.
For those with a programming bent, (or a bent bit of programming) the source code is available on GitHub and can be tweaked to your heart’s content. You can even swap out the chip with those in their Eurorack Muskrat module for additional weirdness.
Perhaps the best description comes from their website:
…this lil’ bastard feels at høme while in the cømpany øf øther grubby “nøise kid” devices – especially cheap delay pedals. MSG is før løvers øf løfi, drøne, nøise, paranørmal activity, and glitch!
There’s not a whole lot going on. There appears to be a volume and pitch knob and then two further knobs that mess everything about. A switch labelled “reverse” in the video appears to do something radical but I couldn’t tell you what. It will run off a 9V battery or wall wart and has a single 1/4″ audio output.
You can buy it fully assembled for $85 but the DIY kit is a lot more fun and in keeping with the Moffenzeef Modular ethos at $64.99.
More information on the Moffenzeef Modular website.