Monolith Synth with Teensy Microcontrollers

For the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire, Paul Stoffregen of Teensy Microcontrollers was contacted by Kickstarter to be a part of their group exhibit.  Paul had successfully kickstarted his new Teensy 3.6, and wanted to build an interactive display that helped to showcase some of its possibilities.  Stoffregen contacted me from LadyBrain Studios, Ross Fish of Moffenzeef Modular, Ben Davis of Malekko to build an interactive synthesizer to take to the Bay Area Maker Faire.  Together we, created a multifunctional synthesizer we called the ‘Monolith Synth’.

Check out this detailed post on the DorkBotPDX page with links to the design files for this project.

This was the display card included with the demos

We had less than a month to complete the build project, but with the other talented members on the team we were able to create a durable and collaborative synth in time for the Bay Area Maker Faire.


The kids at the event had a blast interacting with the monolith synthesizer.


We won a ‘best in class’ award for our creation, which we didn’t think much of at first, but apparently they only handed out one of those types of awards per building at the event.