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Endless Sonic Journeys


exotic and far out sounds for everyone

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Endless Sonic Journeys


exotic and far out sounds for everyone

Grab a synth and join our open beta!

Feel like participating in the design conversation? Head on over to our community forum.

Introducing the Believotron Wanderlust, both an exciting and innovative sound creation platform, and a solid musical instrument that is open and extensible. 

It does't matter what level of musicianship or technical knowledge; whether you have loads of gadgets or you're frugally evaluating one tool; the Believotron Wanderlust has an exciting journey for you.

21st Century Interface


21st Century Interface


Everyone is different, pick the workflow that works best for you. Use the existing settings and customize to your heart's content, or you can design a brand new way of working with the machine and share it with the community.

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Instrument / Patch Management

  • System ships with an SD Card preloaded with an ever evolving range of instruments
  • Download an up-to-date set of core instruments
  • Extensive community instruments
  • Develop your own
  • Sync files with github / gdrive / dropbox / icloud and more
  • Modern private version control for musicians that want to protect their work
  • Learn more > >

 

Ever Evolving features

  • Zero Programming: New Adventures in community instruments
  • Zero internet? Use an SD card. DIY or buy from literally anyone with a good idea and a charming experience
  • Sync directly over USB
  • Easy Graphical Modification: You will love how easy it is to find and understand the synth logic, and make the changes you need to improve your workflow. Making a mistake is harmless and experimentation is encouraged.
  • Learn more > >

 

Dynamic Control / Dynamic Sound

Every control on the Wanderlust can be routed to any part of the synthesizer model, to configure the machine exactly how you want it, flipping between settings with ease. 

It's the flexibility of modular synthesizers, but with the magic, speed, and accelerando of a microcontroller.

Dynamic Control Routing

Change the target of any control.  Use a knob to adjust an LFO and with the tap of a button, that knob can be reassigned, cycled, or toggled to any control in the patch. Swap out one control, a row, or the entire UI. Learn more > >

Control Sequencing

Program / sequence / record / loop values for any parameter. Layer. Raise the attack on the start of every measure, lengthen the release at the end. Build emotion and expression into your sound. Learn more > >

Sequenced Control Routing

Change how the controls are routed in time. Start by setting up the knobs to control Attack / Decay / Sustain / Release. The sequencer can automagically change the knobs to control phase / chorus / echo / flanger during certain bars / measures. Learn more > >

CONTROL Sequence Live RECORDING

Add expressiveness make your sounds more dynamic. Record pad taps, knob turns, and joystick jostling, live. One-shot / Loop / Toggle / Timer-Counter playback for the perfect dramatic punctuation or emotive texture. Modify recorded values on the fly either overwriting or returning back to the recorded value. Program in your perfect performance and then push the edge on every playback. Learn more > >

STATE MACHINE CONTROL SEQUENCING

Create new instruments that can quickly change states and become more mellow, more abrasive, more muted with the touch of a button. There are plenty of knobs, but often you'd like to turn five of them at once. Like wailing hard on a saxophone, quickly pushing your instrument to extremes expands the dynamic creativity. Learn more > >

 

Control Freak


Enough controls for a pod of six octopi

Control Freak


Enough controls for a pod of six octopi

Polyphonic MIDI 

Meander along a melody / lure with your lead / rumble out your rhythm. Connect a controller and enjoy these features.

  • Responsive / fast action
  • Capacitive Touch: No moving parts to break
  • Key lock
  • Auto-Chord
  • Arpeggiator
  • Alternative Tuning
  • Reassignable 
  • Live Sequence Recording
  • Rhythm Generator
  • Pair with joysticks for velocity / expression control
  • Learn more > >

Axoloti Core Audio Platform

We can't say enough good things about this open source gem. It's very feature packed. It's easy to use / modify and the clear leader on microcontroller audio ecosystems.

  • Hackable / Open / Cross Platform
  • SD Card
  • Midi In / Midi Out / Software Midi Thru
  • 1/8" Audio Out Headphone / Laptop Jack
  • 1/4" Stereo Input Jack (line level with up to 55 dB digitally controlled analog gain)
  • 1/4" Audio Line Out (digitally controlled volume, DC-coupled)
  • USB Host
  • Control parameters via PC GUI interface for development and performance
  • Learn more > >

Action Grip Knobs

Master the future with enough knobs for two octopi. So many choices, it's designed to make you a grabby, handsy, twiddle-wizard.

  • ulti-track sequencer
  • Dynamic Control Routing to any feature of the synth model
  • ADSR Envelope
  • LFO Single / Chain
  • Pitch / Volume / Expression
  • Chorus / Flanger / Phaser
  • Cutoff / Resonance
  • Learn more > >

x-Y Analog Joysticks

Add just the right extra flare. Spice up a sequence. Explore new directions with these fluid analog controls.

  • Piano Velocity / Expression
  • Echo / Chorus
  • Cutoff / Resonance
  • Tempo Jitter / LFO Speed
  • Pitch Bend
  • Remapable to any synth control
  • Learn more > >

OLED Menus

Enjoy haptic feedback like you've never seen. Not just a fanciful dazzlement, understand what is going on inside the synthesizer.

  • Parameter Display
  • Step Sequence
  • Map to any synth parameter
  • Literally brilliant </pun>
  • Learn more > >

Creative new ways to play


Creative new ways to play


Discover and create a whole new world of sound. Creative orchestras, strange new instruments, impactful installations. Use motion, light, and even sound itself to control the instrument. Translate those into physical motion and add to the wonderful genesis of new art.

Audio by Axoloti


Audio by Axoloti


We have so much respect for Johannes Taelman and his open source project, Axoloti. We found many wonderful audio engines during prototyping, but I wanted to go on just ooooone more search before settling on a particular solution. I couldn't have been more lucky in my entire life. We went from working on a single rigid synthesis engine that required reprogramming to alter the controls to a fully graphical programming system that incorporates the magic of arduino-like functionality. Find out more at axoloti.com

Maker Hardware Friendly


Maker Hardware Friendly


The Believotron Wanderlust has survived an epic slew of brainstorms on how to connect to existing open hardware platforms. Literally any platform that has 0.1" center pins will be able to interface with both the Believotron Wanderlust and the Axoloti Core hardware. We've implemented the three most ubiquitous / informative platforms. Raspberry Pi provides the most advanced processing platform. Arduino / Genuino offers the largest number of projects. Adafruit leads in informative, respectful, and creative projects. We've created a relatively straightforward workstation with expansions for you to create mind-bogglingly weird controllers, or the most modern and new workflow imaginable. Motion, acceleration, light, heat, images. Leverage the extensive open community and participate in the party!

Believotron


Believotron


Pleasure Engineering

Independently, we feel the calling. We all remember the first time we fell in love with a sound machine and got lost in the twisty little passages, all alike. Hours would pass, grey matter would be throbbing with new connections. Neurons that fire together play together.

It's that feeling of wonder and discovery that draws us all to a lifestyle of synthesizers, gadget-boxen, and transcending electronics to provide the sublime.

Believotron is dedicated to designing open creations that delight. Not just Diet-Open with a handful of files released, but full assembly drawings, part-numbers, machine descriptions, and process documents. We think that the tools released last year are thousands of times more capable than tools released a decade ago and we would like to contribute to the accelerando. 

Our senior engineer has been at it for 17 years. He's shipped well over a billion dollars of hardware: a garage door on a 747 for the NASA SOFIA project (Psst we found oxygen on Mars), Semiconductor Test Equipment (Your cell phone, your car, your toaster, your...), Electric Vehicle Battery and Fuel Cell test, and several start-ups in security, transportation, and communication. Daniel balances his obtuse creativity with a strong desire to create quality hardware and documentation and is looking forward to setting a new standard for open hardware reuse and interoperability.

Our network includes Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Actors, Writers, Artists,  Chicago, SF, NY, Austin, Salt Lake, Belgium, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Taipei (Saved best food for last #NightMarket)

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