Oskitone Scout is a colorful DIY Synthesizer for on the go with a fully customizable, open-source hardware and square-wave-based engine.
A classic, simple Synthesizer should have at least one oscillator, filter, envelope, LFO, and VCA. They should have, but usually have significantly more. The Dreadbox Typhon, for example, has two oscillators, a lot of modulation, and a huge selection of effects at a low price.
San Francisco-based DIY synth maker Oskitone takes a completely different approach. It offers a synth that can hardly do anything but can be digitally upgraded as desired.
Scout is an Arduino-compatible, monophonic, square wave synth. The synth runs on a custom, open-source PCB in a cute pink or yellow case. It has 17 mini keys, satisfying “clicky” tactile switches, and a built-in amplifier. You can output the signal via the speaker or output jack. Scout ships with three 3 NiMH rechargeable AAA batteries for powering the unit.
The pre-loaded engine is certainly nothing groundbreaking or novel. What is exciting, however, is that you can change the engine by re-programming it. Or as Oskitone says: it’s open-source and ready to be hacked. Let’s see what DIY communities conjure up from it.
The developer offers the synth in two versions. Pre-assembled for the comfortable among you or as a DIY project which is reminiscent of an IKEA Synthesizer.
More information here: Oskitone