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Synthbox public beta

Synthbox beta firmware is now available to registered users of our forum. Here is the download page available to registered users.

Synthbox is a digital poly synth inspired by great audio plugins and vintage wavetable synths. It comes with a number of presets and wavetables. It embraces the eurorack world with per voice CV control and per voice analog output. It also works great with MIDI.

Please check it out and let us know what you think. Thank you for your support.

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Bitbox Beta Version

1010music is proud to make available to our customers the new Bitbox features that we will be demonstrating at NAMM. This update should be considered beta software that requires further testing and validation before becoming an official release. If for some reason, you want to switch back to the production version, you can easily download and install it below.

Bitbox version 1.1.0 introduces the following features:

  • Scrolling waveforms on the clip screen
  • Slice mode, which allows you to play sounds one slice or section at a time
    • Scan mode will automatically detect slices
    • You can manually add or delete slices using the waveform
    • You can determine which slice to play via several methods:
      • Using the slice knob (which replaces the start parameter).
      • Live slice selection with 1V/Octave modulation input. A change on this input jumps to the new slice immediately.
      • Next slice selection with 1V/Octave modulation input. This input determines which slice to play the next time the incoming trigger happens.
      • Advance the slice position forward/backwards using a gate signal on a modulation input
  • Time shifting using a new Slice option
  • Pitch modulation via 1V/Octave control
  • Easier navigation between the sample and load screens
  • Various bug fixes

To install new firmware onto your Bitbox, please do the following:

  1. Copy the desired firmware onto a microSD card. Unpack the ZIP file if necessary
  2. Rename the file as MATRIX.BIN (On some systems extensions are hidden, so you can skip the .BIN)
  3. Insert the microSD card into your Bitbox
  4. While powering up the unit, hold the Home and Info buttons. When you see the message about upgrading the firmware, you can let go.
  5. When the upgrade finishes in about 15 seconds, the unit will restart with the new software
  6. You can check what version you are running on the top level screen by pressing home as many times as is necessary.

To use the new slice mode, do the following:

  • On the main screen, select a sample and press the info button
  • On the new sample screen, press the Slice button
  • On the popup toolbar, press the Scan button
  • Wait about 5-10 seconds for the scanning to complete
  • Adjust the slices as needed using the Split/Join buttons
  • Press the Atomic button to activate the single slice playback mode
    • Once in this mode, triggering the sample will only play a single slice
    • The Start parameter will determine the active slice. The length parameter has no effect in this mode.
  • To adjust which slice will play, go back to the main screen and select an available modulation cell (one of the dark gray cells on the right side)
  • Press the Info button to reach the modulation screen.
  • Specify the cell you configured in step 1 as the modulation destination
  • Choose the slice selection mode you desire
    • Slice Sel – Determines the currently playing slice using 1V/Octave sensing of semitone input. Use this input if the gate and pitch will be updated at the same time
    • Slice Next – Determines the slice that will play the next time the sample gate begins
    • Slice Inc / Dec – Advances the slice position for the next time the sample gate begins
We look forward to your feedback, comments, suggestions and bug reports. We are keeping a careful eye on the performance of the unit. Now that it is also showing waveforms, we want to make sure it performs just as much as it did before. Please let us know if you see otherwise as there are various ways to address it.
Thank you for your support,
The 1010music team.


Bitbox Factory Firmware Version 1.0.3


Bitbox Updated Firmware Version 1.1.0

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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!!