The third stop on the Gumroad Trip across these here United States was in Columbus, Ohio, a city I’ve always enjoyed. Bar/arcades, hot dogs, great bands, and super friendly people. Gumroad’s Maxwell hails from OSU. Apparently they’re engaging in some sort of athletic match this weekend. Good luck, sportspersons! May you obtain more points that your opponents.
Anyway, I was excited to spend some time with friends in Columbus and equally excited to meet John Staskevich and Kevin Holland, the duo behind NTHSynth. Their first project was a full-scale, open source, hackable synthesizer called the NTH Music Synthesizer. It was launched via Kickstarter (with over 200% of the goal reached) and is now sold out, so try not to fall in love.
Their second project went in almost the complete opposite direction. The Luminth is a minimalist music system of two parts: a one-knob USB controller and Luminth Orbiter, a generative music application. Simply by pushing, turning, and pushing while turning, users can manipulate a wide-range of melodies, beats, and soundscapes. It can also be set to randomly change over time, making for spooky/peppy/fun/ambient background music for the office or home. Also, the light on the knob changes with the music. This thing is really neat.
Through Gumroad, NTH Synth is selling the Luminth and software together, the software alone (which can be played with your mouse or trackpad), and an album of music made with the Luminth.
I brought one to Gumroad HQ, and with one press of the knob, the office gets turned into a sci-fi cantina. Well, mostly from where I’m sitting with my headphones on, because I’m usually hogging it for myself.
Get your own! https://gumroad.com/nthsynth
Previous stops on the Trip:
Brad Guigar, comic artist and illustrator - Philadelphia, PA
Lisa Yen, designer - Queens, NY
As always, we love hearing your feedback — feel free to get in touch.