Video: 1010 Music Releases the Lemondrop and Fireball Nanoboxes

1010 Music—purveyors of the Blackbox, Bitbox, Synthbox, and other compact instruments—is unveiling two more tasty morsels to its Nanobox line: the Lemondrop and Fireball.

1010 Music Lemondrop

1010 Music Lemondrop

You can hear the Lemondrop in our video above. It's an incredibly fun yet powerful granular synthesizer, with two granular oscillators and one triangle core synth oscillator. And if you prefer to process external audio with it, you can do that easily as well. Our host Fess Grandiose walks through his five favorite things about the synth:

  1. Touch-screen keyboard controller
  2. Macro X/Y controller
  3. Granular controls with visual feedback
  4. Beat sync
  5. Line-in for external audio processing and granularizing

Check out the video to hear just how deep this tiny synth can go.

1010 Music Fireball

1010 Music Fireball

It's easy to tell the Lemondrop and Fireball apart: Lemondrop, yellow; Fireball, red. But while at a glance they may look similar, they are very different instruments at heart.

"The Fireball is like the Synthbox 2.0," 1010 Music's Aaron Higgins tells us. "It's a wavetable synth that is running the oscillators at 96kHz. It's meant to be a really great, focused synthesizer that can do everything from basses to leads to pads. It's also focused on being able to load your own wavetables. Because it has a micro SD card, you can bring in gigabytes' worth of wavetables and load them and create your own patches. Also by nature, having a micro SD card you can [have] an enormous list of presets."

As for the form factor and touchscreens on both devices, Aaron says, "We're very much inspired by how the [Korg] Kaoss pads do things: X and Y are a great way to manipulate two things at once. We also wanted to give users the ability to choose how those things map. And that's why each one is available as a modulation source—and you can map to wherever you want: filter cutoff, density, release time (more of a Fireball feature). There are ways that you can make it so it's not the same thing back-and-forth. You can travel some distance and do new and interesting things."

Watch our full video on the Lemondrop above. Follow these links to add the Lemondrop and Fireball to your Feed so that you're notified as soon as they become available.

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