WRITTEN BY Sam Addison ON March 26, 2011

Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer Turns 8 Bits into Infinite Blips

Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer

Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer

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The Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer is a totally unique music making machine that lets you create an endless symphony of 8-bit sequences, chords and loops.

Electronic music should sound like electronic music, and the most electronic-sounding of all music is that which is produced using 8-bit technology. Is the Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer 8-bit? I don’t know, but it belongs to an era when Commodore 64s were the cutting edge, and robots had red lights that flashed whenever they spoke.

It has four knobs, an 8X8 grid of glowing red LED buttons and a big play button. Each button on a vertical stack of LEDs represents a note in an octave, and each horizontal stack represents a beat. Set chords by pressing the buttons, set instrumentation from one of eight synth sounds, and press play. Your four-beat melody will be repeated forever, or evolve into a proper chip tune for as long as you feel like manipulating the LED chords.

It’s called the Bliptronic – it goes blip, and it’s totally tronic. Hook it up to other Bliptronics, and each unit will play its four beats before passing the 8-bit baton onto the next blipping friend. There is no limit – you could create an infinite chain of electro-synth beats, if you had an infinite number of Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizers.

If you have an infinite amount of time, and infinity dollars, then go ahead. If you just want one to play with, then that’ll be $39.99.

Where can I buy it?
Store: ThinkGeek
Price: $39.99
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