NAMM 2018 Video: BlipBlox Synthesizer For Kids

The capable synthesizer and beatbox for kids, Blipblox, has captured the imagination of parents and musicians since its recent announcement. Here's a short interview with Blipblox creator, Troy.  

One of the most popular pre-NAMM 2018 announcements came from an unexpected, and previously unknown, company. Playtime Engineering are the folks behind the awesome Blipblox hardware synthesizer for kids.

It looks like a Fisher Price, "my first synth', but there's a very capable synthesis engine insidethat we suspect will appeal to quite a number of adults as well as children.

We caught up with the creator of Blipblox at NAMM 2018 to understand more about this new synth: 


Blipblox is a synthesizer and beatbox designed to promote creativity and audio exploration.  Its unique physical design is easy-to-use and safe for children as young as 3 years old. Its professional features and nearly endless ability to create new sounds make it fun and captivating for everyone!

Kid-friendly & kid-safe

  • Colorful knobs & buttons are easy for little hands to twist & press.
  • Multi-color LED light show is synchronized to the music.
  • Durable plastic design is drop & splash resistant.
  • Algorithm & system flow learning provides STEM experience beyond music play.
  • "Active capture" knobs & buttons so little hands can't remove them.
  • Powered by batteries or AC adapter.

Professional features

  • MIDI input for an external keyboard or sequencer controller.
  • Eight unique oscillator modulation schemes.
  • One Low Pass Filter.
  • Two Envelope Generators.
  • Two LFOs.
  • 3-in/3-out modulation matrix.
  • Performance Mode optimizes device display for music production.
  • Audio Output jack.

Synthesis for all

  • No music experience needed!  Have fun just exploring the new sounds, or dig deeper to learn the signal path and master the synthesis engine.
  • Built-in sequencer comes loaded with hundreds of unique melodies to explore.
  • Integrated drum machine.
  • All of the fun of sound synthesis in a simplified, low-cost device.

Read more about Blipblox here: 

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional... Read More


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