Dadamachines Automat Toolkit – Build music instruments with everything in the real world

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Are you dreaming to use your favourite objects in the real world as midi controller for creating impressive new music. If yes, than check out the Automat Toolkit from dadamachines. The company announced today the crowdfunding campaign for the Automat Toolkit, a plug & play Midi-controller and accessories kit that allows anyone to build awesome music machines using the real world as their instrument. In my opinion, a very cool upcoming music product which allows to compose in a different way than usual and opens a new world of sound design. Looking forward to see more about this.

What is dadamachines?

dadamachines is a Berlin-based studio launching the automat toolkit, a MI- DI-controlled music toolkit that allows anyone, regardless of music skill level, to turn the real world into their instrument.The core of the toolkit is the automat, an arduino-compatible plug-and-play MIDI-controller with 12 DC outputs. The automat can be used with your favorite music so ware or hardware. The toolkit includes the automat and a series of solenoid beaters that plug in to 12 outputs allowing you to tap, ping and knock on anything. 

The automat toolkit – M is available exclusively on Kickstarter for 399 euro. 

Tech Specs: 

Automat controller 


  • USB Midi 
  • DIN Midi-In & Thru (Out option) 
  • 12 DC Outputs (12-24V max. 1.3A) 
  • External power supply 12-24V
  • Arduino shields & extension port 

  • Simple learn mode >1 button click 
  • Advanced learn mode 
  • Anodized aluminum panel
  • Powder coated steel shell
  • Dimensions – 110 x 110 x 26mm 

Additionally, each toolkit comes with adapters & elements helping the users to get started easily. 

Who is behind dadamachines?

Dadamachines is the project of Berlin-based Creative Technologist and DJ – Johannes Lohbihler. Johannes grew up in Bavaria, hailing from a line of seven generations of carpenters. Growing up among the Weilheim music scene that included acts such as the Notwist, Lali Puna and Acid Pauli – Johannes was interested in music from early on. He started DJing and found inspiration to bring together electronic music production and analog tools – combining his background as a cra sman and passion for music. During his masters stu- dies in interaction design, Johannes began developing a simple plug-and-play kit that made music machines accessible to everyone – that project became dadamachines. 

More Informations here: dadamachines Automat Toolkit

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