Review of the Bleep Labs Nebulophone electronic kit — a DIY Arduino-based mini synth keyboard

A great kit for anyone, even if you have zero electronics experience.

I got my hands on a Nebulophone kit for the first time last week. The Nebulophone is a little synth that is both a powerful musical instrument and far out noise-maker.

I was interested in using this kit as a teaching aid for students with zero electronics experience. Having now built one myself and taken a few students through the process, I have to say I can barely think of a way to improve this kit, they’ve really nailed it. The hardest part for me was getting the students to leave my workshop after they had finished because they were all having such a great time playing their new keyboards!

The instructions are clear and explicit, with good quality colour photographs of every step, and videos online to help demonstrate the basic techniques such as populating and soldering a circuit board. All the parts are clearly identified and the layout has been designed to simplify assembly as much as possible. It took me about 40 minutes to assemble, and even the students who had never touched a soldering iron only took about 2 hours to finish.

My friend LEKRMOI made this video of me building the Nebulophone and talking about why I like to make stuff.

2 Responses to “Review of the Bleep Labs Nebulophone electronic kit — a DIY Arduino-based mini synth keyboard”

  1. Edgar Castelo Says:

    Tech Literacy, that’s a Survival tool, my friend!
    Great notion, and fun, too…

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