First, let me say I’m glad that the USB, MIDI and CV modules have been released (hopefully they’ll be available from RoboSavvy UK soon, so that I can buy some!) and also I hope the LFO module is released too.
Now, I know companies tend to hate talking about future products, because they might change their minds, etc. However, I’m not asking for specifics, just a general idea of what LittleBits have in mind for the synth range. Is the thinking that, with the latest modules and the LFO, the synth work is now complete? Or do LB/Korg intend to expand things further?
In the manner of the stereotype irritating customer I have had many ideas for new synth modules. I don’t want to be annoying, but I have so many ideas for expanding and improving the synth range (because it’s an inherently cool and exciting thing) that I don’t like keeping them to myself. Here they are, all in one place:
- pitch shifter/bender
- more versatile oscillator (sine, ramp, PWM, triangle, etc.)
- vacuum tube oscillator (using Korg’s new technology)
- pitchable analogue noise oscillator (with top bitsnap, like the filter module has)
- bandpass filter
- highpass filter
- notch filter
- ring modulator
- vacuum tube distortion (see above)
- vocoder (?!)
- expanded envelope (ADSR) that can also be used to modulate filter etc.
- expanded filter (two bitsnaps, for frequency and resonance)
- expanded delay (more options, controllable with bitsnaps)
- expanded mixer (two inputs is very few)
Obviously LFO and MIDI/CV are crucial to synthesis, and the new modules will truly make LittleBits a viable option for musicians and sound designers, but I hope the above list sparks some thought about how the range could be expanded. Although I certainly won’t ask whether any of these modules specifically stand a chance of being released, I would like to know generally what we customers can expect LB to do with the synth range. Is it likely to stop at the LFO? Are a few more modules on the cards after that? Are many more modules on the cards after that?
That’s all I will ask.