Mixtape Alpha Is A Tiny Synth With Massive Ability
The High-Low Tech group at MIT’s legendary Media Lab specializes in integrating simple and complex technologies, enabling a more universal ability to create useful items. By stripping down all the nonessential parts of a simple synthesizer, High-Low Tech’s Jie Qi whittled the instrument down to its most basic parts. The end product is the size and shape of a cassette tape.
Musically, the Mixtape Alpha has four voices, four effects, five-note polyphony, and is fully hackable to expand its range of sound options. You can also loop a pattern and play a second part on top. As for the design, it doesn’t just look like a mixtape. You can record your own patterns onto the device itself and share your compositions. Yup, they thought of everything. Except for a beverage holder, which we’re hoping for in the next model.