Iain Sharp’s LushOne synth kit is designed to provide the core functions of a modular synthesizer in a low-cost single board design.


LushOne modular synth kit mounted in base case.

With the LushOne kit you can experience the strange, fun world of modular synthesizers without breaking the bank.

The idea for the LushOne occurred when I was thinking about buying a modular synth but couldn’t bring myself to pay what they cost. I thought “wouldn’t it be good if someone would make an equivalent a Sinclair computer for the modular synth world?”. I tried to design a modular synth that stripped out all the costs while providing an instrument that is cheap and flexible to allow people to get started without a big commitment. The LushOne is the implementation of this vision.

LushOne features

  • Modules connected by patch leads (3 leads included in kit) to allow many combinations and to allow interconnect of external modules.
  • Dual digital oscillators with five wave shapes to provide stable tuning and a range of Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) effects.
  • Analog voltage controlled low pass filter with cut-off and resonance controls to create classic synth sounds.
  • MIDI DIN input to oscillators to allow LushOne to be played from commonly available keyboards and computer controllers.
  • Analog control voltage inputs to filter and oscillators to support alternative controllers and crazy external effects.
  • Single board design including all controls and connectors (except power-in) providing straightforward construction and neat presentation. The LushOne can easily be incorporated in to a “project box” case.
  • Detailed illustrated and video tutorials that introduce all the key features and show how the different modules work and how to get the full range of sounds.
  • Open-source access to schematic and software.

The LushOne kit is available to purchase for £69 GBP. The laser-cut clear acrylic base case for the kit costs £35 GBP.

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