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Introducing CarSynth

1010music proudly presents the world’s most powerful synthesizer: 285 Horsepower. More than 2 metric tons. 12 speakers. Seats 7.

CarSynth is a wacky project meant to explore what it means to synthesize music and sound effects using a full sized automobile as the controller, power source, and sound system. The CarSynth module plugs into the cars OBD port, which is typically used by your auto mechanic for diagnostic purposes. Then, you have access to some of the basic parameters of the vehicle, including speed and RPM. Power comes from the automotive 12V power supply. The audio is provided by our Bitbox eurorack module, which is a 24-bit sampler. Finally, the car stereo provides the sound reproduction.

The CarSynth module exposes 5 control signals as shown below, which can manipulate any kind of audio recordings.

The signals work as follows:

  • Vehicle Motion Gate – When the vehicle is moving, this signal is high or +5V
  • Vehicle Speed CV – This signal ramps from 0V to 5V indicating the overall speed of the vehicle
  • Accelerator Gate – When the driver presses the throttle or accelerator pedal, this signal is high or +5V
  • Accelerator CV – This signal ramps from 0V to 5V indicating the position of the pedal
  • Engine RPM CV – This signal indicates the current running speed of the engine

Behind the scenes, the custom part of this project is the ODB power to Analog CV section. It is comprised of these components:

The remainder of the module is a standard version of Bitbox. The video demo shows the RPM modulating the pitch of one of the audio samples. The extended demo shows two samples playing at once.

We hope you enjoy reading about CarSynth as much as we did making it. Let us know what you think.


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MIDI Cable from Malekko

Are you looking to get a MIDI cable to synch your Bitbox to your traditional MIDI devices? Want to trigger notes with your MIDI controllers?  Malekko sells a cable that will get your MIDI device introduced to Bitbox in no time. Your MIDI controller is going to get along great with Bitbox. Did I mention they are only $5.99 USD for a pair of cables? I bet you don’t have any cables that color yet, either. So go buy a pair and introduce your MIDI controller to Bitbox, because your MIDI jack looks awfully lonely.

Want to learn more about how to use the MIDI input in Bitbox?  You can read all about it in the Bitbox User’s Manual.



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New Lower Shipping Prices and Holiday Shipping Deadlines

We are now offering lower cost shipping options.  You can use the shipping calculator on the cart page to find out how much it will cost to ship to your address.

Our cutoff time for same day shipping is 3 pm Pacific Time. Orders received after that time will go out the next day.

Want to make sure your package gets there in time for the holidays? Place your order by 3pm Pacific time on the following dates to get there on time:

USPS Priority Mail Express – Dec. 22, 2016 **

USPS Priority – Dec. 20, 2016

** The USPS is telling us that Priority Mail Express packages will still be delivered on Sunday, Christmas Day, and on Monday which is a federal holiday. So if you want your package by Christmas Eve, order it a day earlier. USPS Priority mail will not be delivered on Christmas Day.

Since the Post Office will be closed on Monday Dec. 26, and Monday Jan. 2, no packages will go out on those days.

Happy Holidays!!

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Bitbox User’s Manual

Bitbox User's Manual Cover Page

The BItbox User’s Manual is now available on our Support page.  This manual is designed to show you how to use all of the features available in bitbox. Learn how to use Modulators, Tracks and Presets to customize the playback of your clips. Load existing clips into bitbox or record new ones. Tweak clip parameters to get the music to sound the way you want. Then export the results to Ableton Live.

Ableton Loop



We will be showing bitbox in the partner area. Come check us out.

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Hello, World!

A key part of the team that brought to life Traktor DJ by Native Instruments, Looptastic by SoundTrends and MixMeister (now part of inMusic) has entered the Modular Synthesizer business as 1010 Music!  Our first foray into this new realm is bitbox, a Eurorack module designed to facilitate synthesizer composition by adding a touch screen controller to Eurorack.  Learn more about bitbox on the product page. The first units will be available in early November. Look for it at a Eurorack retailer near you, or buy directly from our product page.

See how you can incorporate bitbox into your Eurorack setup on Modular Grid.

Project Bar-B-Q

Project Bar-B-Q
Project Bar-B-Q


The 1010 Music team will be at Project Bar-B-Q, the Premier Interactive Audio Think Tank, on Oct. 10-13, 2016. Look for us there if you already plan to attend this sold out event.