Playtime Engineering New Groovebox For Kids, Blipblox myTracks, And Updated Blipblox Synthesizer
Ahead of the 2022 NAMM Show, Playtime Engineering has introduced the Blipblox SK2 synthesizer and Blipblox myTRACKS music production workstation.
Like the original Blipblox synthesizer, the new devices combine professional electronic music gear features – like sampling and MIDI support – with design tailored to kids 8-14.
The Blipblox myTRACKS is a sort of ‘MPC for kids’. It’s an easy-to-use, 5-track groove station that features 48 real instrument sounds, a built-in microphone for audio sampling and two FX processors.
The myTRACKS features a 5×5 grid of playpads that instantly triggers sounds and launches sequencer clips. Each instrument can be applied to the 5 tracks. Blipblox levers control two effects processors that can be applied to any track, providing a wide range of expression on any sound.
A built-in microphone encourages kids to create their own real-world vocals and sounds to include in any track. By using the built-in sequences, or recording your own, anyone can quickly create detailed, multi-track songs. A powerful Randomize function also provides instant inspiration. Sets can be saved for future performance.
The myTRACKS sounds and sequences are completely updatable via the USB-C connection. Users can download new sound sets for specific styles, including orchestra, hip-hop, jazz, rock and EDM.
The myTRACKS includes a 5-pin MIDI Out, so it can be used to control any Blipblox synthesizer, or any of the thousands of sound modules and synths that include MIDI In. The USB-C includes class-compliant USB MIDI in and out, so it can be used to control any software running inside a Mac or PC’s DAW.
Here’s an example of the myTRACKS in action:
The Blipblox SK2 features a colorful spacey design, with both a signal flow diagram and labeled controls to promote synthesis discovery.
The 400 built-in melodies range from video game pop to classical music riffs. Advanced features include resonant multi-mode filters, wavetable synthesis, 16 oscillator schemes and stereo multi-tap delay.
A completely redesigned LED light show gives kids the feeling of being center stage as it synchronizes with their live jam. Just like every Blipblox, the SK2 features MIDI In, 1?4” audio out, in a child-durable, safety-certified device.
Pricing and Availability
- Blipblox SK2
Safe for ages 3+
Available November 2022
- Blipblox myTRACKS
Safe for ages 3+
Available Q1 2023