I like to make things out of code, wire, wood, plastic, and sound. I'm a maker who vaguely specialises in weird musical instruments. My website is a work in progress, but for now I have decided to list some of my recent projects in a haphazard way below. If you would like to contact me about any of my projects, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my GitHub is github.com/mattybrad.
Hackaday Prize semi-finalist! This is a digital modular synthesizer with polyphonic capability. The design is based on a Teensy 3.6, which detects patch cables between different modules and processes the signal chain digitally, providing an alternative route into modular synthesis. I'm currently working on an updated second version of this concept, with a publicly updatable database of modules, a more robust physical design, and a bunch of other cool improved features. Project page on Hackaday.io / Code etc on Github
Winner of the DesignSpark Summer of Sound contest! This is a digital synthesizer designed to be played as a guitar. The conductive plectrum and six-part digital frets transmit musical data to the internal synthesizer chip (a Teensy 3.6 running the Teensy audio library). The sound is then modulated by as many knobs as I was able to fit onto the guitar's body. It's fun and unique to play, and creates some weird, unexpected sounds. Project page on DesignSpark / Code etc on GitHub.
A software-based modular synthesizer with a hardware controller. This design has since been superseded by my PolyMod project, but it made some cool sounds before I dismantled it! Code etc on GitHub.
A work-in-progress online drum machine (of sorts). While researching how to synthesize drum sounds without using samples, I realised that a lot of synthetic drum sounds are created from fairly simple sound sources, such as white noise or a sine wave. This made me wonder about the possibility of feeding other, more complex sounds through a series of effects to create unusual drum sounds which fulfil a similar percussive role to the kick, snare, hi-hat, etc, but which sound noticeably different.
I've written several articles for HackSpace magazine, a publication in the UK run by the Raspberry Pi foundation. You can download the PDFs for free, or buy back issues of the magazine.