Similarly, the pedals control the tempo of the Synth Bike 3.0, but this time it takes more of a form of a static exercise bike, wheras the previous incarnation was free to roam. This means that not only can users now also utilise a power outlet, but can also concentrate on making music without the risk of crashing into anything.
The synth and drum sequencer sit between the handlebars of the BMX, with the synth’s controls sitting at the top of the console and a bank of switches located below for the drum sequencer.
“Every function is on the front panel, there isn’t anything hidden,” said Battle to New Atlas. “It can be quite daunting but it’s all immediate. You twist a knob, or flick a switch you’ll hear the effect. It’s got a bass synth, with two oscillators. One analog and one wavetable oscillator on an Arduino, this goes into a 303 style filter and VCA from frequency central. Along with a load of effects and such. It’s a really fun sequencer with switches to make it slide into the next note, or pluck really quickly.”
Watch the video below to see the Synth Bike 3.0 in action.
Photographs courtesy of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin.