Both kids and professional musicians can explore the science of sound, make sweet beats and create instruments with this award-winning modular synthesizer. Co-designed with world-renowned electronic music maker KORG.
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Not sure how to get started in your classroom? Download these lesson plans to get your studnets going! Each lesson describes in detail the materails you’ll need, standards the lesson meets, specific lesson objectives, differentiation strategies, engagement tools, exploration ideas, explanation for concepts discovered, elaboration if you'd like to go even further and finally evaluation to make sure it all clicks.

INTRODUCTORY LESSON

In this lesson, the student will demonstrate the safe connection, use, and storage of the synth kit’s essential modules, including: p1 power module (cable, 9V battery, power switch), o24 output module (speaker, volume control, audio jack), and i31 input module (oscillator).  

OSCILLATOR (i31)

In this lesson we'll learn all about the oscillator (pronounced ah-suh-lay-ter) - how it is an electrical circuit that it generates sound.

FILTER (i32)

You might think that the sound coming out of the oscillator is a simple tone, but it’s actually a complex, multi-layered mixture of what musicians call frequencies. Learn all about filters in this lesson.

KEYBOARD (i30)

The keyboard is a controller, designed to resemble a piano keyboard. When you press a button, the keyboard sends a specific amount of battery power to the oscillator so that you can play melodies. Learn how to integrate the keyboard into your project.

ENVELOPE (i33)

The envelope lets you change how the sounds from your Synth Kit begin and end. The beginning of a sound is called the attack, and the end is called decay. The attack and decay can be very sudden or very gradual. Changing these values will let you create many different sounds with your Synth Kit.

DELAY (i35)

Learn about how the delay module creates echoes of the sounds you play with the Synth Kit.

RANDOM (i34) & FREQUENCY MODULATION

We’ve been using the random module to create white noise. Now we’re going to use it to create random sounds.

MICRO SEQUENCER (i36)

A sequencer allows a musician to choose a series of notes and play them whenever they want. You can step through the notes one at a time using a type of controller called a trigger, or you can set the notes to play over and over again in a pattern.

SPLIT (w19) & MIX (i37)

The split and mix modules do just what they sound like. The split sends a signal in two different directions, and the mix brings two signals together and lets you adjust the level of each.

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