Bastl Instruments Releases LOL, Illuminati And Kompas Modules

Control lights, create innovative mutes and take control of probability in your synth setup with these three new hardware models from Bastl Instruments.  

Bastl sends its greetings with several new releases this week, covering a wide range of use cases with LOL, a 3 channel performative mute module which, especially when stacked, opens up a world of Cageian silence explorations, followed by Illuminati, a light controller sure to add dynamics to a many of present day’s video or performative needs, and last but not least, our clock2trigger odyssey Kompas is now available as an assembled unit.


Illuminati can run 2 USB lamps at a time and controls light intensity either by incoming audio/CV signal or MIDI. There are controls for fine tuning the response and its case has enough flexible mounting holes for the wildest of uses imaginable. Fog machine not included.


  • 2x 5V USB outputs
  • power draw limited to 0,5 A
  • 2x CV input
  • CVs are either 0 to 5V or -5 to +5V, set by a switch on the back
  • MIDI input
  • 2x button for settings
  • 5V micro USB input (power only)
  • enclosure with expanded base for better stability and mounting
  • firmware updates via MIDI


LOL can either be used as a basic utility with its compact size and price, or stacked within a system to explore the possibilities of muting critical connections of any complex patch. Everything should have a mute button.


  • 3 channel passive mute
  • latching buttons
  • LED indication
  • normalization of inputs


Kompas turns its clock feed into three 32–step sequences with probabilities adjustable by knobs or voltages. Originally a DIY only project made an assembled product by popular demand, its hardware is Arduino programmable and hacker friendly.


  • global clock and reset input
  • 3 x 32 step pattern generators with travelling algorithms
  • 3 CV inputs for coordinate modulation
  • 3 trigger outputs
  • 2/5/10ms selectable trigger length (via boot settings)
  • DIY and hacker friendly Arduino programmable hardware
  • open-source schematics and code
  • includes a printed fanzine with navigation topics
  • available also as a DIY soldering and coding workshop

Pricing and availibility

Kompas at 125, LOL at 60 and Illuminati at 100 euros (VAT excluded) are now available at and shipping to dealers.

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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