Hi Synthsters! Did you know that you can combine your Synth Kit with other instruments? In this blog tutorial, we will show you how. Take your music to the next level!
This blog specifically focuses on connecting a guitar to synth modules, but you can also connect other instruments as long as they have an output jack for an amplifier.
To connect your instrument to the Synth Kit, you will need:
1. littleBits Synth Kit
2. Instrument with an output jack
3. littleBits microphone module
4. 1/8” audio cable (you can find one on Amazon or any other electronics outlet). You need this cable to connect to the microphone module.
5. Headphone amplifier (you can plug the ⅛” audio cable directly into the headphone jack on this amp) or a normal guitar amplifier (in this case you would need a ¼” adapter to be able to run the ⅛” cable from the output jack on the amp into the microphone module). Or try this cable that is ¼” on one side and ⅛” on the other.
Start by plugging a headphone amp into the output jack of your instrument. Using some sort of amplifier in between your instrument and the microphone module helps to pump up the volume of the sound coming out of the Synth speaker. We used a VOX AMplug headphone guitar amp.
Plug one end of the ⅛” audio cable into the headphone output on the amp and the other into the microphone module. Make sure the microphone is set to “sound” mode. The microphone is what helps to translate sound into the electronic language of littleBits.
The most basic circuit you can make is power + microphone + speaker, but you will definitely want to try different combinations of modules in between the microphone and the speaker in order to modify the sound. Try adding a delay, a filter, an envelope, and more! Make sure to adjust the volume on the synth speaker module to your liking. You can also plug your headphones into it.
You can also plug your instrument into a regular guitar amplifier (like you normally would) and run the ¼” adapter + ⅛” audio cable out from the output jack and into the microphone module.
If you don’t have an amplifier, you can use a ¼” adapter + ⅛” audio cable to connect from the output jack on your instrument into the microphone module. You will find however, that the volume of sound coming out the speaker is quite low. You will most likely want to use headphones with this setup (plug headphones into speaker).
Now watch our lead engineer, Geof, show us how its done (on his DIY guitar).