It’s no secret that a fantastic synthesizer should not only sound good but should look good too. As a collection grows and the worksurface shrinks, it becomes a competition in the versatility and aesthetic of those everyday modules. And to make that competition even stiffer, the Freaq FM Digital Synthesizer has arrived on the scene- and you best be making some room for it.
The PCB face for the module features some beautiful bare copper traces on a matte black silkscreen, evoking a blend of planetary obits and mandala patterns. The synthesizer has the ability to do two-track generative synthesis, with multiple options for the two independent FM voices, including multi-mode FM ratios, adjustable attack and decay envelopes per voice, and LFO options for both tracks. The entire kit has a pre-programmed Arduino Nano at its core, along with an 8×8 LED matrix to function as the built-in visualizer to see your current settings.
The seller, Meebleeps Machines, offers multiple options for purchasing, including kit style and pre-assembled. If you decide to pick one up to play with, their beautifully detailed manual and assembly guide are online to help you get those funky waveforms flowing. And if you need some evidence that this module sounds as good as it looks, they have a YouTube channel with demos and lessons of all kinds to get you started in generative synthesis.