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Real Wood Side Panels for Arturia DrumBrute!

The Arturia DrumBrute is on a course to become one of the most iconic drum machines ever created.  With it's uniquely designed all analog sound pallete, groundbreaking performance oriented sequencer, and it's unbelievably modest price point, it could very well become one the best selling drum machines in history. But with all this great performance at such a low price, there's little resources left to afford luxury aesthetics like real wood side panels.  The DrumBrute ships from the factory with 'wood' side panels.  However, they're really just medium density fiberboard (MDF) that's been covered with a wood like veneer.  Unfortunately, many claim they feel more like plastic than wood. Working with real hardwood is a tantamount challenge in a production manufacturing environment.  Given the huge variety in...

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New Products....

Many new products are being added to the site over the next week!  Continuing in the Korg MS line, we’re now offering wood panels for the MS-20 Kit; the full size MS-20 re-issue.  These are available now over on the MS-20 product page. In addition, we’re also offering panels for the desktop module version of this kit, the MS-20M.  The MS-20M originally ships with some decent quality beech wood side panels…but they’re painted! Oh the horror!  Now you can treat your MS-20M to some real wood love.   The synthesizer engine of the MFB Dominion 1 (D1) is a beautifully designed, inspirational powerhouse.  But, some find the side panels to be a little rustic.  GMUSynth is now offering replacement D1 panels in...

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MicroBrute: Exploring a Desktop Conversion Case

With the introduction of the SkiniBrute desktop conversion kit for the MiniBrute, I received a large number of requests for a similar kit for the MicroBrute.  I won't go into the minikey debate, but suffice it to say there's a fair amount of interest in a keyboard-free MicroBrute.  Unfortunately, the Micro isn't as easy to convert as the Mini.  The primary challenge with the MicroBrute relates to it's single piece molded plastic housing. Unlike the Mini, the Micro doesn't have removable sides. I've explored many options, including replacing the front panel alltogether..but even this poses some significant challenges. For instance, the raised portion of the panel for the CV-jacks isn't just an aesthetic feature; it's required to allow for PCB...

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SkiniBrtue: MiniBrute Chop Case In The Works...

UPDATE: Is now available. As time permits, I've been working out the design for a Minibrute chop case.  The MiniBrute is an amazing synth for it's size...and simply put it does things sonically that many other synths do not.   But, many complain about the keyboard.  Two octaves is pretty cramped.  And, quite a few Brutes have been sidelined with failing keyboards...from broken keys to failed aftertouch functionality. Enter the chop case concept, and the GMUSynth version which will be called the SkiniBrute.  It's a non-destructive design: in about 10 minutes you can convert your Brute back to original configuration with the keyboard.  The kit will include two new wood side panels crafted in the style of the originals, a wood front piece, and...

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Lots of stuff in the works!

With the latest of wave of orders shipped, I've got quite a few things in the works now. I've modeled and cut prototypes on a few new panels:  Korg MS-20 / MS-10 / VC-10: Even played around with making a Tuxedo version like the old Les Pauls: black paint on maple: Sequential Sixtrak: ARP Omni: Solina Case has made it through the first round of modeling: Minibrute chop case I'm calling Skinibrute is in the conceptual stage: The Bourns PTL adapters for ARP CTS sliders have been installed and tested.  Should be ready to order in a few days. Finally, an ARP Omni / Omni 2 Midi Interface has been designed, code has been written, PIC burned, and bread-boarding is...

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