• oktober 3, 2020
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Logic, sound, and interface

How to build a sound machine

Intense diving experience into sound technologies and synth theories for  beginners .
Are you an engineer in progress and a DIY lover? Don’t hesitate and join this workshop to design and build your own prototype from scratch.
Put your hands on the powerful Axoloti Core and begin prototyping. Axoloti is an advanced audio development board with visual programming based dedicated IDE. That means you don’t need to know or write code to program it. Just patch together some function modules and wire up components to start making sounds and lights as planned.


1. What is a sound machine? How does it work?
  • How do machines generate sounds? Oscillators, envelopes, and filters. Basics of synth theory and terminology.
  • Interface and interactions. Buttons, knobs, lights, and sensors. Analysis of components and circuit integration. Basics of electronics.
  • Logic is a key element to build a functional sound machine. Basics of programming and logic functions.
2. Meeting Axoloti Core and Axoloti Patcher
  • Hardware analysis & capabilities: discover all the Axoloti features.
  • Introduction to Axoloti Patch and visual programming.
  • Sound design: learn how to create and modulate sounds into the Axoloti environment.
  • Exploring rhythms and frequencies designing a melody sequence.
  • Build up manual interactions using logic and electronic components. Learn how to connect buttons, knobs, light, and sensors to Axoloti.
  • MIDI integration.
3. Make your own sound machine
  • Think creative and design your own concept of the sound machine.
  • Design your idea and create a working prototype. You’ll have access to many different components (switches, potentiometers, encoders, LEDs, motors, light sensors, touch sensors, displays …) to add in your design, plus all the tools and accessories you’ll need to work properly on your breadboard setup.
  • Show off your creation.
  • Let’s Jam together!
Workshop Materials
All the necessary equipment such PC, MIDI controllers, and headphones will be provided by MPA.
Axoloti Core and the necessary prototyping equipment is provided by Hohum Lab.
Participants don’t need to bring their own laptops or any working tool. However, you can work on your own laptop if you prefer, but make sure to have Axoloti Patcher installed before joining the workshop.
Patch examples, presentation materials, and other digital materials will be shared with the participants for future reference.
WHEN:  Saturday 03 October 2020 from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
WHERE:  MPA Music Production Academy – Hoogstraat 38A, 3011 PR Rotterdam