Category: Sawbench

ST4 September update, DIY kits

Just to keep you informed, another ST4 progress update. In the last weeks we’ve tested the sample casing and we’ve requested another one. Two PCB’s didn’t fit correctly, the other 7 did just fine. This will take until early October.

In the meantime all the presets have been added, the DIY manual has been updated with better tables, and we’re ironing out all the firmware bugs. ..And.. we’re finally compiling all the DIY kits. Still, that’s not too much work. The casing is the only real work that’s left. We strive for November, but the planning is now in the hands of the casing factory.. At least you’ll be getting your gear when you spend most of your time indoors. It makes sense 😉

The current collection of kit bags (half of it, actually).

The current collection of kit bags (half of it, actually).

In the meantime we did a minor Sawbench hardware revision (to protect against wrong AC/DC converters) and we’re looking forward to test the 1.2 firmware with its improved VCA/VCF envelopes and improved MIDI support.

Kit bag, with spiffy new label. ;)

Kit bag, with spiffy new label. 😉

When the final casings arrive we’ll start shipping out the kits ASAP! This is done in first-come-first-served order:

1. Kickstarter DIY backers first to last
2. Kickstarter assembled version backers first to last
3. Pre-order list DIY first to last
4. Pre-order list assembled version backers first to last

Today we’ll send out a questionnaire to ask you guys which version you want: rackmount or desktop.. and to ask you for your postal address.

The last of the piggies.

With the year coming to its conclusion, it seems an amusing coincidence that the last Piggy now finally got sold. 🙂 The Piggy was our first synth, a simple and affordable shield that turns your Arduino into an MIDI-driven analog bass synth.

The Arduino Piggyback Synthesizer

The Arduino Piggyback Synthesizer and its host system, the Arduino Uno.

We might do another batch.. The filter would need to be revised (dual gang potentiometers are getting rare!), maybe even changed into the Sawbench VCF.. But we need to know if there is enough demand. The usual address applies tastychipselectronics@gmail.com. Either this or post on Tasty Chips on Facebook or Tasty Chips Forum.

Looking at what’s in store for 2016:

– The ST4. This beast of a synth/tracker has got its own page here: ST4 info page. As said, the Kickstarter will take place in january!

ST4 in its prototype steel casing

ST4 in its prototype steel casing

– The Sawbench mod board: modify the Sawbench to accept external CV for VCF and use and external input signal (If there is enough interest).

– Sawbench firmware update 1.2: including synced LFO, tighter envelopes and possibly exponential envelopes too (If there is enough interest).

– A big analog Eurorack sequencer with 2×16 steps and loaded with features.

– Sawbench VCF/VCA Eurorack module.

– The next polyphonic beast. This will be less channel-driven than the ST4, but will have more channels (yes, that does make sense 😉 ). The focus will be on polyphonic harmonic sculpting..

– The MIDI sequencer (“tracker”) taken from the ST4 released stand-alone, with more controls geared towards pure sequencing.

Kickstarter finally over. Sawbench now in the webshop!

The last sawbenches have now shipped. This also includes the custom edition (with better components and custom artwork), as shown in the picture!

Custom unit for Benjamin Bacon's Dogma Lab. Logo's were CNC milled and filled with nailpolish.

Custom unit for Benjamin Bacon’s Dogma Lab. Logo’s were CNC milled and filled with nailpolish.

And.. The Sawbench is now finally available from the shop: Sawbench product link !!

The near future: we’ll keep selling the Sawbench (as long as our stocks last) and naturally we’ll support all of the buyers and Kickstarter backers. In the next days the kit products will also become available in our webshop. We’ll also put the firmware sources online and a firmware update might also be coming up soon.

Stay tuned!

 

www.tastychips.nl/sawbench

Once again, the Sawbench:

The Sawbench in its metal casing.

The Sawbench in its metal casing, with anodized front plate.

First: All Kickstarter rewards, with exception of the custom edition, will have shipped by the end of the week (!) .

Second: easy link time! www.tastychips.nl/sawbench

Third: a new, extended and corrected manual! Sawbench manual

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Looking back, it was a huge task. The soldering and assembly was 100% manual. Producing 70 units in such a way is not done in just a few days. Add to this the compilation of 70 DIY kits and you’ve got the recipe for a month of round-the-clock work.

In the future we will be looking towards SMT (Surface Mounted Technology) and outsourcing to realize the production more quickly. However, we WILL try to retain the possibility for DIY kits, because also this has been a great success. Quite often DIYers suggest corrections for the manual, send pictures of their completed kits, and in general are just very nice people!

We’ll now continue with the luxury custom edition of the Sawbench and will also process the existing post-Kickstarter order list .. which should be handled in a few days. After this the Sawbench will become available in our webshop!

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